Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a “novel” virus, meaning new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans.  Therefore response to this pandemic is constantly changing and evolving with new developments.  As cases continue to rise in the U.S., it is important that Laurens County take necessary and logical precautions to reduce the risk of exposure.  

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.  These droplets can land in mouths or noses of people nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.  

Laurens County officials encourage everyone to take the appropriate steps to protect yourself by washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol when soap and water are not available, and by avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Put distance between yourself and other people and avoid close contact with people that are sick.  By protecting yourself, you reduce the spread of COVID-19.  

Laurens County Emergency Management Press Release on COVID-19

Laurens County Operations Press Release

Laurens County Resolution 2020-19C on Mask Usage

Center for Disease Control

World Health Organization

SC DHEC


Scheduled Local Testing Sites

Date of TestLocation of TestTime of
Testing
Additional Infomation
Friday, November 13, 2020Bailey Memorial Stadium – PC, Clinton, SC 293259 AM – 1 PMWith Self Regional Health
Wednesday, November 18, 2020Gray Court – parking lot at the corner of W Mill St and Main St10 AM – 3 PMWith Carolina Health
Tuesday, November 24, 2020Zion Hill Baptist Church, 10922 Hwy 39, Cross Hill9 AM – 1 PMWith Self Regional Health
Wednesday, December 2, 2020Laurens – TBD10 AM – 3 PMWith Carolina Health
Wednesday, December 9, 2020TBD9 AM – 1 PMWith Self Regional Health
Wednesday, December 16, 2020Joanna First Baptist Church, 301 Magnolia St, Joanna, SC 2935110 Am – 3 PMWith Carolina Health
Additional listings are available on this website:
SCDHEC (@scdhec) | Twitter

OR check with the Laurens County Emergency Management Team at 864-984-0812

SC DHEC has a drive thru testing site set up at the DSS / DHEC Complex at 93 Human Services Rd, Clinton, SC 29325 Mon – Fri with hours of operations 09:30 – 02:30 each day.


Watch for Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath of Difficulty Breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or Body Aches
  • Headache
  • New Loss or Taste or Smell
  • Sore Throat
  • Congestion or Runny Nose
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as more is learned about about COVID-19.


How to Protect Yourself and Others

Know how it spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19)
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that Covid-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Everyone should

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • It’s especially important to wash:
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • Before touching your face
    • After using the restroom
    • After leaving a public place
    • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
    • After handling your mask
    • After changing a diaper
    • After caring for someone who is sick
    • After touching animals or pets
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

  • Inside your home: Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
  • Outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
    • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus
    • Stay at least 6 feet from other people
    • Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick

Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others

  • You could spread Covid-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • The mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Everyone should wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
    • Masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Do NOT use a mask meant for healthcare workers. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The mask is not a substitute for social distancing.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.

Monitor your health daily

  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Especially important if you are running essential errands, going into the office or workplace, and in settings where it may be difficult to keep a physical distance of 6 feet.
  • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
    • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
  • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency

Notify the Operator that you have or think you may have COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before medical help arrives.

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