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Prisma Health launches community testing for COVID-19 this weekend
APR 30, 2020

Prisma Health launches community testing for COVID-19 this weekend

Prisma Health will launch community screening for COVID-19 at seven locations across South Carolina beginning Saturday, with more sites expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The community testing, done in partnership with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), will reach populations who may not otherwise have access to traditional testing or online virtual visits.

The initial screenings will be located in neighborhoods in Greenville, Richland and Sumter counties. Additional communities will be identified in Prisma Health’s other service counties over the next few weeks.

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Boeing delivers 1.5 million surgical masks to GSP
APR 26, 2020

Prisma Health received a shipment of approximately 1.5 million surgical masks via a Boeing Dreamlifter directly from China to Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer Sunday.
 

Prisma Health received a shipment of approximately 1.5 million surgical masks directly from China to Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer Sunday bypassing extensive delays as well as eliminating shipping costs. 

Prisma Health purchased the masks in late March but was unable to quickly move the shipment out of China.

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F-16s flyover Monday at hospitals to honor medical professionals, first responders
APR 26, 2020

F-16s flyover scheduled over Upstate hospitals Monday.
 

F-16s will conduct hospital flyovers Monday to salute the state’s medical professionals and first responders. The South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing will conduct the flyovers at the approximate times listed below.

The public can catch a view of the F-16s as the pilots fly over the Upstate’s 22 hospitals in the late morning.

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2 more Upstate hospitals furlough employees
APR 11, 2020

Two more Upstate hospitals announced Friday temporary furloughs as a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Prisma Health announced furloughs in March, and as of Friday furloughed or reduced hours for about 3,900 of 30,000 employees.

AnMed and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System announced their expense-cutting moves.

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Healthcare workers celebrated Easter Sunday at Greer Memorial
APR 10, 2020

The Faith Community of the greater Greer will meet in the front parking lot of Greer Memorial Hospital on Easter Sunday at 6 pm. and circle the building in vehicles to show appreciation to the healthcare community.
 

The Faith Community of the greater Greer area will meet in the front parking lot of Greer Memorial Hospital on Easter Sunday at 6 pm. and circle the building in vehicles to show appreciation to the healthcare community.

The purpose is to pray for healthcare workers during the troubled times during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Governor issues Monday a work-to-home order
APR 6, 2020

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster issued Monday a work-to-home order to keep residents away from each other and from catching the coronavirus (COVID-19). 
 

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster issued Monday a work-to-home order to keep residents away from each other and from catching the coronavirus (COVID-19). The order allows people to go to work, essential businesses like grocery stores and pharmacies and visit family.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control asked the governor for the stay-at-home order. The order takes effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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Limited in-house COVID-19 sample testing added at Prisma
APR 3, 2020

Limited in-house COVID-19 sample testing added at Prisma

Prisma Health added in-house COVID-19 sample testing at the end of last week in both the Midlands and Upstate.

In-house testing is still being done on limited basis, it is already quickly reducing the number of patients awaiting COVID-19 test results at the hospitals, which helps reduce the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), Prisma reported. Being able to test internally has decreased waiting time for test results from days to a few hours, according to Prisma. 

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Non-essential, close-contact businesses ordered closed for 15 days
APR 1, 2020

The bronze statue of former Greenville Mayor Max Heller, in downtown Greenville, personifies the mood of South Carolina and the nation with a medical mask on his face and another in his hand.
 

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order on Tuesday to close non-essential and close-contact businesses for 15 days beginning Wednesday at 5 p.m.

City of Greenville officials announced Tuesday afternoon they postponed a meeting set for an expected vote on an emergency stay-at-home ordinance in an effort to stop the spread the virus COVID-19. McMaster's order made Greenvilles meeting moot.

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Visit AFC Urgent Care-Bon Secours for respiratory systems
MAR 21, 2020

Visit AFC Urgent Care-Bon Secours for respiratory systems

From Bon Secours

Beginning Monday, March 23, if you have respiratory symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat or body aches, you are asked to use the Augusta Road, Cherrydale or Pelham Road locations of AFC Urgent Care-Bon Secours. 

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Face mask challenge: Spartanburg Regional needs your help
MAR 20, 2020

Face mask challenge: Spartanburg Regional needs your help

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System is experiencing increased demand for face masks, goggles, face shields and N95 or similar masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response, Spartanburg Regional is announcing a mask challenge.

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Spartanburg Regional issues visitor restrictions for hospitals, nursing homes
MAR 20, 2020

Spartanburg Regional issues visitor restrictions for hospitals, nursing homes

The Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System has temporarily suspended all visitation to its hospitals.

SRHS is making the move to limit the spread of COVID-19. It has steadily increased visitor restrictions in response to the pandemic.

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BI-LO designates shopping hour for seniors, high-risk customers
MAR 20, 2020

BI-LO designated a special shopping hour, 8-9 a.m. Monday through Friday, dedicated to seniors and high-risk customers.
 

Southeastern Grocers, parent company and home of BI-LO designated a special shopping hour, 8-9 a.m. Monday through Friday, dedicated to seniors and high-risk customers, in all stores. The response is due to the COVID-19 virus affecting the United States.

The grocer asks all customers to respect this time given to the elderly and other high-risk community members to allow them the comfort of purchasing necessary products in a safe environment.

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CPW customer service lobby, lake warden office closed
MAR 17, 2020

CPW customer service lobby, lake warden office closed

The Greer CPW customer service lobby and the lake warden’s office at Lake Robinson (2544 Mays Bridge Road) are closed through at least March 31.  Both Lake Cunningham and Lake Robinson are open for recreation. 

The changes are due to the growing coronavirus concerns and the utility’s attempts to limit exposure to customers and employees.

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NGU implements 15-day modified operational plan
MAR 17, 2020

NGU implements 15-day modified operational plan

The North Greenville University COVID-19 Response Team, in cooperation with senior leadership, implemented a 15-day modified operation plan effective Wednesday. This plan aligns with the White House 15-day plan released Monday.

In-person events and activities are cancelled through March 31, and no social gatherings larger than 10 people will be permitted. Residence halls will remain open; however, students remaining on campus have been asked to sign-in with the Office of Resident Life.

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SRHS further restricts visitors
MAR 17, 2020

By Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

For the health of our patients, visitors, caregivers and community, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System is asking that people do not visit our hospitals, including nursing homes and long-term care locations.

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Prisma Health offers Virtual Visit option free for those with COVID-19 symptoms
MAR 13, 2020

Prisma Health has made its new Virtual Visits free to anyone seeking care for potential COVID-19. It includes a new on-demand video option in addition to the existing online visit option. To access the free virtual visits, use promo code COVID19.

The video visit is available 24/7 for ages 3 and older. The online visit is for ages 18 and older. Online visits can be completed anytime, but responses are provided daily between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. 

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Spartanburg Regional issues visitor restrictions for hospitals, nursing homes
MAR 13, 2020

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System is asking visitors not to visit hospitals as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus.

Spartanburg Regional continues to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) guidelines.

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Coronavirus fears negatively impacting blood donations
MAR 10, 2020

If you are interested in hosting a blood drive in your community or to make an appointment, visit thebloodconnection.org or call 864-255-5000.
 

Concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus) are negatively impacting blood donations.

The Blood Connection (TBC) has seen an increase in blood drive cancellations in the past few weeks and low donor turnout due to the fears surrounding the virus that has been heavily covered in the news. TBC and other blood centers nationwide are concerned that this could lead to blood shortages, which could impact local hospitals.

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Spartanburg County man presumptively tests positive for coronavirus
MAR 9, 2020

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is investigating additional cases, including one in Spartanburg County, of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.

An employee with Ritrama, an Italian company whose manufacturing plant for adhesive materials is located in Moore, has presumptively tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee returned from Italy on March 2 on a flight through Charlotte, WSPA reported.

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Woman in 80s, hospitalized with suspected coronavirus
MAR 7, 2020

A Kershaw County woman in her 80s is the second person in South Carolina suspected of having coronavirus and is hospitalized in a Columbia hospital, The Columbia State has reported.

Officials are investigating how she got the virus, state health officials said Saturday morning. Her COVID-19 diagnosis is pending confirmation by the federal Centers for Disease Control, a DHEC official said at a news conference Saturday morning that included Gov. Henry McMaster.

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