CHARLESTON, S.C. (Sept. 13, 2021) – At MUSC Health, the safety of patients, families, care team members, students, faculty and staff remains the number one priority. The MUSC Public Affairs and Media Relations (PAMR) department issues regular COVID-19 updates on Monday and Thursday of each week. If a federal or state holiday falls on a Monday, then a report will be issued the following day. Please read the report in its entirety; information can change quickly.
The Path Forward / Recovery
COVID-19 VACCINATION UPDATE
MUSC Health has vaccine appointments for all eligible individuals age 12 and up. Eligible individuals can visit muschealth.org/get-vaccine to make an appointment; while appointments are encouraged, walk-ins are welcome at all MUSC COVID-19 vaccine clinic locations. View information and a video with directions on how to schedule a vaccination appointment. The community is encouraged to monitor muschealth.org for COVID-19 vaccine availability criteria, updates and FAQs.
For more information related to public, community vaccination sites operated by MUSC Health throughout the state, please visit https://vaxlocator.dhec.sc.gov/. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.
Homebound individuals who need in-home COVID-19 vaccination services should contact DHEC’s COVID-19 vaccine information line by calling 1-866-365-8110. Please note that community members should not directly contact the vendors. All calls must be routed through the DHEC COVID-19 vaccine information line to access this program.
MUSC Health vaccination administration data is available upon request.
MUSC Health COVID-19 Vaccination Expectation for all care team members
All MUSC Health leaders and care team members are now required to have the COVID-19 vaccine. Religious and medical exemptions may apply for some care team members. All new care team members should receive a single dose vaccine prior to starting work or the first dose of a two-dose vaccine prior to starting work. The second dose must be completed within three weeks as a condition of employment. As of July 1, more than 99.9% of MUSC Health care team members have complied with this policy. MUSC Health has established this policy for the safety of our care team, our patients and patients’ families and visitors.
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Will It Last?
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The MUSC COVID-19 Epidemiology Intelligence Project is a digital dashboard that provides leading indicators related to the COVID-19 epidemic to enable informed decisions. Current situation assessments for MUSC Health – Charleston (Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties), MUSC Health Florence, and MUSC Health Lancaster divisions are available on this site.
HELPFUL WEB LINKS FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC:
MUSC COVID-19 mobile diagnostic testing
MUSC Health offers COVID-19 testing in hospital, clinic and other locations. Patients are encouraged to communicate with their providers through MUSC MyChart should they need testing services. Current turnaround time is approximately 24 hours for test results. A full list of testing information is available at musc.co/testing.
MUSC Children’s Health After Hours Care and Pediatric Emergency Department are receiving significant COVID testing requests, which can be a strain on staff as they work to serve sick patients and emergency needs. If possible, please share with your audiences that while the pediatric After Hours Care and Emergency Department are great spots for most of a child’s medical needs, when it comes to COVID-19 testing, we are encouraging families to take advantage of community testing locations right now.
MUSC Health, in partnership with the state legislature, is also rotating mobile screening and collection sites in rural and underserved areas throughout the state, for both walk-up and drive-through patients, which are advertised locally in partnership with municipalities, community organizations and businesses. Prescreening is not required and there is no cost to patients. Patients will be contacted within two days with the results of their test, if not sooner. Patients are asked to bring photo identification and an insurance card if they have one. The CARES Act requires MUSC to bill insurance providers if patients do have insurance. Patients may email [email protected] if they have questions regarding their results. If they do not have an email address, they may call 843-985-8888.
Sites may close early or operate with reduced hours if weather conditions become unsafe for care team members or if volume exceeds site safety capacity.
Information related to Healthy Me — Healthy SC free, statewide mobile testing sites for each week can be found here.
COVID-19 related stories for follow-up
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MUSC Health opened a new monoclonal antibody infusion site in West Ashley to treat patients during the Delta-driven COVID-19 surge.
As Charleston area hits new COVID high, scientist looks for “signal of the curve” – indication of when surge may end.
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One group that is especially lagging in COVID-19 vaccination also happens to be at higher risk of severe illness – pregnant women.
Basic stats / COVID-19 positive cases
Previously reported data points, such as the total number of COVID-19 community screening tests completed by MUSC Health- Charleston and the number of positive cases determined via those tests, the number of telehealth screenings, total number of specimens collected at various mobile sites, or the number of COVID-19 positive MUSC care team members are available upon request. Information related to vaccinations is at the top of this release.
- Total number of COVID patients (MUSC Health – Charleston): 119
- MUSC Health monitors these number to determine that we have current and future capacity in terms of health care providers, supplies, ventilators and PPE. Reported numbers are consistent with the modeling and expectation that MUSC Health will have appropriate resources to manage these patients.
- Of the 119 COVID-related inpatients currently in the MUSC Health-Charleston location, 46 are in MUSC Health COVID-19 intensive care, with 15 of the 136 total inpatients currently receiving ventilator care for disease progression.
- Of the 119 inpatients at the MUSC Health – Charleston location, 12 pediatric patients are in the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. Eight pediatric patients are in pediatric intensive care with 5 of those patients receiving ventilator care for disease progression.
- Unvaccinated vs. vaccinated inpatient status update: Approximately 80% of current inpatients were unvaccinated upon admission.
- MUSC Health – Charleston has reopened its COVID-19 care unit in the University Hospital. Additional units may be activated as volumes increase.
- Please note that MUSC Health hospitals often have full ICUs. This may require our teams to care for patients in other units of the hospitals until beds in the intensive care units become available. This can vary hourly, in COVID and non-COVID times. It is accurate to say we are busier than usual right now.
For specific information about MUSC Health Florence or Marion Medical Centers, please contact Kim Geiger at [email protected]
For information about MUSC Health Chester or Lancaster Medical Centers, please contact Ashley Shannon at [email protected]
For information about MUSC Health Columbia Medical Centers Downtown or Northeast and MUSC Health Fairfield Emergency and Imaging, please contact Tina Creighton at [email protected]
For information about MUSC Health Kershaw Medical Center, please contact Karlin Ferguson at [email protected]
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