Coronavirus SC Updates

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South Carolina health officials identified 93 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 6,841, according to a statement from the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Thirteen additional people have also died after contracting the virus, bringing the state’s death toll to 296.

At least 12 those who died were elderly individuals, five of whom were Richland County residents. Berkeley County had three deaths, and Beaufort, Charleston, Williamsburg and York counties each saw one death. A middle-aged individual who also died was from Florence County.


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The SC Emergency Management Division and the SC Department of Commerce have developed a list of industries deemed “non-essential” that closed temporarily effective Monday, April 6, 2020. “Non-essential” businesses, venues, facilities, services, activities and retail stores will be closed to non-employees and will not be open for access or use by the public or shall not take place. This includes businesses where access is limited and based on membership.

 

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SC Coronavirus New Cases

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced 139 new cases of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, including 12 additional deaths on Wednesday.

This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 2,552, and those who have died to 63.

The deaths reported Wednesday were 10 elderly and two middle-aged patients with underlying health conditions, DHEC said.

The elderly individuals were residents from Horry (1), Kershaw (1), Laurens (1), McCormick (1), Newberry (1), Richland (2), and Spartanburg (3) counties.

The middle-aged individuals were residents from Clarendon (1) and Richland (1) counties.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has announced 46 new cases of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

That brings the total number of cases across the state to 173.

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Hello Everyone,

   I know we’re all tired of hearing/talking about it, but one thing I HAVEN’T really seen going around is advice for what happens if you DO get coronavirus (many of us will), only advice for how to try to AVOID it. So as your friendly neighborhood RN a little bit of advice...

 

Things you should *actually* buy ahead of time:

- Kleenex
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol) in 325 mg tablets
-  Ibuprofen (Advil) in 200 mg tablets
- Mucinex
-Robitussin or DayQuil/NyQuil, whatever your cough medicine of choice is

 

   If you don’t have a humidifier, that would also be a good thing to get. (You can also just turn the shower on hot and sit in the bathroom breathing in the steam). I like to rub some Vics vaporub on the chest before going under the hot water- it helps open up my airway when I get bad asthma attacks or bronchitis. 

   Also a good time to make a big batch of your favorite soup to freeze and have on hand.  The virus starts as a sore throat and hot drinks will kill a lot of it before it heads to your lungs. 

If you have a history of asthma and you have a prescription inhaler, make sure the one you have isn’t expired and refill it/get a new one if it is.

   You basically just want to prepare as though you know you’re going to get a nasty respiratory bug like bronchitis or pneumonia. You just have the foresight to know it’s coming.

   

   For symptom management, use the meds I mentioned. For a fever over 101, alternate Tylenol and Advil so you’re taking a dose of one or the other every 3 hours. Use both cough suppressants and expectorants (most cough meds have both). Drink a ton of warm fluids, hydrate hydrate. Rest lots.

   

   You should not be leaving your house except to go to the doctor, and if you do, wear a mask (regular is fine, you don’t need an N95). You DO NOT NEED TO GO TO THE ER unless you are having trouble breathing or your fever is very high and unmanaged with meds.

 

   Try to connect with family/loved ones who would be able to bring you groceries/paper goods (yes like toilet paper) and drop it off at your place. 

 

   90% of healthy adult cases thus far have been managed at home with basic rest/hydration/over-the-counter meds. We don’t want to clog the ERs unless you’re actually in distress. The hospital beds will be used for people who actively need oxygen/breathing treatments/IV fluids.

 

   If you have a pre-existing lung condition (COPD, emphysema, lung cancer) or are on immunosuppressants, now is a great time to talk to your PCP or specialist about what they would like you to do if you get sick. They might have plans to get you admitted and bypass the ER entirely

 

   One major relief to you parents is that kids do VERY well with coronavirus— they usually bounce back in a few days, no one under 18 has died, and almost no kids have required hospitalization (unless they have a lung disease like CF). Just use pediatric dosing of the same meds.

 

Love,

Natasha

 

HOMEMADE HAND SANITIZER

 

The aloe mixture gets the job done, but aloe also leaves your skin annoyingly sticky. So, here's a recipe that's less sticky and more potent, based on the mix recommended by the WHO.

 

Mix 12 fluid ounces of alcohol with 2 teaspoons of glycerol. You can buy jugs of glycerol online, and it's an important ingredient because it keeps the alcohol from drying out your hands. If you can't find glycerol, proceed with the rest of the recipe anyway and just remember to moisturize your hands after applying the sanitizer.

Mix in 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide, then 3 fluid ounces of distilled or boiled (then cooled) water. (If you're working with a lower-concentration solution of rubbing alcohol, use far less water; remember, at least ¾ of your final mixture has to be alcohol.)

Load the solution into spray bottles—this isn't a gel, it's a spray. You can wet a paper towel with it as well and use that as a wipe.

If you must, you can add in a splash of essential oil to your concoction to make it smell nice. Just don’t use lavender. Everyone else uses lavender, and your sanitizer is superior.