COVID-19 Resources & Info
During this time of unprecedented uncertainty, I’ve heard from many of you that you don’t know who to trust...whose advice to believe...and in some cases, where to turn for information that’s honest, consistent and reliable.
I certainly share your frustration and empathize with your desire for accurate, consistent, sound advice and information that isn’t tainted by dishonest political brokers.
That’s why I’ve taken the liberty to compile some links to sites that I’ve found extremely helpful, as we individually and collectively try to navigate this unfamiliar terrain.
Saving lives and protecting your health, safety and well-being should be paramount, so the majority of these links are resources that relate to your physical and mental health. The coronavirus is also profoundly impacting jobs and small businesses, so I have included links to resources that will assist you with lost wages and income replacement if you have recently lost your job because of the COVID-19 crisis.
I pray that you’ll find the links to these resources and information helpful. As additional information becomes available, I will certainly share and update you.
COVID-19 MEDICAL RESOURCES: Medical Experts - Dr. Anthony Fauci, MD., is the Director of the National Institute of Allergies & Infectious Diseases (since 1984) Johns Hopkins University – coronavirus.jhu.edu CDC - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html DHEC - scdhec.gov/covid19 DHEC Care Line - for general COVID-19 questions, call 1-855-472-3432. Care Staff is answering calls everyday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (English & Spanish) DHEC PIPS (Public Info Phone System) Line – call 1-866-246-0133. Staff is answering COVID19 related calls everyday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. SC Dept. of Mental Health - scdmh.net for stress, anxiety & mental health resources COVID-19 (FREE) ONLINE SCREENINGS (PROMO CODE: “COVID19”): PRISMA HEALTH - www.prismahealth.org/virtual-visit MUSC – https://campaigns.muschealth.org/virtual-care/index.html FIRST RESPONDERS & FRONT-LINE EMPLOYEES: If you're an employee who is concerned that your employer is not following OSHA guidelines that are in place to help keep you and others in your workplace safe, you can file a complaint with SC OSHA at http://scosha.llronline.com/. FUNERAL HOMES & LAST RESPONDERS: National Funeral Directors Association – www.nfda.org Center for Disease Control (CDC): www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-postmortem-specimens.html SC DHEC: https://www.scdhec.gov/infectious-diseases/viruses/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19 FINANCIAL, SMALL BIZ & TAX RESOURCES: SCDEW (SC Department of Employment & Workforce) – handles unemployment insurance benefits for employees and independent contractors/self-employed who have been laid-off or furloughed due to COVID-19. SCDEW – www.dew.sc.gov (click on “MyBenefits” Portal to create account or login) SCDEW Phone Line - Call 1-866-831-1724 to file an unemployment benefits claim via phone SCDEW COVID-19 Resource Hub - https://dew.sc.gov/covid-hub Small Business Administration – SBA Loan Program (*some may be eligible for loan forgiveness) for COVID-19 impacted businesses https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources Unemployment Insurance During COVID-19 - A quick guide for applicants SC Department of Revenue (SCDOR) – Tax Relief: https://dor.sc.gov/emergencies IRS - Economic Stimulus Payments & Tax Relief: www.irs.gov