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The Latest on the Coronavirus

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is closely monitoring an emerging outbreak of a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) first identified in the city of Wuhan, China. Cases have been confirmed in several other countries, including the United States. At this time no cases have been identified in South Carolina.

As part of DHEC’s outreach efforts, they are providing tools to help businesses and other organizations with messaging for the public. DHEC will continue to partner with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide the latest information at In addition here are links to several outreach materials you can use in your communities:

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If your facility would like to be added to DHEC’s email distribution list for updates on the coronavirus, please send your contact information to

Jan. 30, 2020: DHEC hosted a call with hospital communications leaders this Friday, January 31 at 3:00 p.m. to discuss the status of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

General Information: Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more serious diseases such as pneumonia, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The 2019 novel coronavirus was originally thought to be spreading from animal to person, but there are growing indications that limited person-to-person spread is occurring. While there have been some cases of the disease in the United States, the CDC currently believes the threat to the United States is low.