Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers COVID-19

This guidance is based on what is currently known about the transmission and severity of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will update this guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available. This document is intended to be statewide guidance to help both businesses and employers inform their decision making.

Decisions businesses, employers and local public health officials should be determined by the specific circumstances in local jurisdictions.
Please check the following link periodically for updated interim guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019

Background
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel virus that has been spreading worldwide.
Community acquired cases have now been confirmed in Kershaw County, S.C. We are gaining more understanding of COVID-19’s epidemiology, clinical course, immunogenicity, and other factors as time progresses, and the situation is changing daily. DHEC is in the process of monitoring COVID-19, conducting testing with local and federal partners, and providing guidance and resources to prevent, detect and respond to the occurrence of COVID-19 cases in South Carolina.
To prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace, use only the guidance described below to determine risk of COVID-19. Do not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin and be sure to maintain confidentiality of people with confirmed COVID-19.

There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features of COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing. Updates are available on CDC’s web page at www.cdc.gov/covid19.

Illness Severity
Both Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) have been known to cause severe illness in people. The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully understood. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild to severe, including illness resulting in death. There are ongoing investigations to learn more.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.