First and foremost, I hope everyone stays safe and healthy during this coronavirus pandemic. Although I appreciate your support and will do my best to pass along relevant and accurate information, be sure you follow local and national media and government too. They are professionals and will have the best possible information.
Last update: 3/21/20 at 3:48 pm
- Frequently Asked Questions (CDC)
- What To Do if You Are Sick (CDC)
- If you are concerned about coronavirus (COVID-19) or experiencing respiratory or flulike symptoms such as fever and/or cough:
- How to Protect Yourself (CDC)
- If you have other questions, you can call the SC DHEC Care Line at 1-855-472-3432 (daily, 8 am and 6 pm)
- Employers can file a claim for any employees being laid off, stating that you had to lay them off. This allows the employee to collect benefits for 6 weeks without being required to look for another job (Lowcountry Local First)
- For assistance finding food, go to the FIND HELP page on the Lowcountry Food Bank's website.
- Charleston County Schools offering all students free meals during Coronavirus closure
- Retailers offering senior shopping hours
- Share with AFFA the names of your LGBTQ-competent and friendly healthcare providers so they can share the information with others who contact them inquiring about services
- Report any instances of anti-LGBTQ discrimination in healthcare and services to AFFA
- Local artists are encouraged to submit new works they're creating during this time of "social distancing" to WeStillCreate.com, including a link for viewers to support your work (Lowcountry Local First)
- The SC Department of Commerce's COVID-19 Business Resource Center
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued Disaster Declarations and opened an online application portal for Lowcountry small businesses to apply for its Economic Injury Disaster Loans