Trident United Way COVID-19 Updates
The health and safety of our communities is a top priority for our organization. The COVID-19 situation is a fluid situation. You may have questions about what Trident United Way is doing to keep the community healthy. We want to share the actions we're taking to help protect those we serve and all engaged in the work of TUW – clients, volunteers, partners and staff.
We are monitoring the situation closely and staying in regular contact with government agencies charged with protecting the public’s health, health organizations, our Community Impact Partners and the United Way Association of South Carolina.
Additionally, Trident United Way is:
Offering virtual/teleconference opportunities for upcoming meetings when possible. Your meeting organizer will share specific details as they become available;
Assessing upcoming scheduled community events and convenings to make informed decisions. We will update this page as new information becomes available: and;
Ensuring that our state-wide 211 has up-to-date information available about COVID-19 resources. Connect with agents by dialing 211 from any phone. This service is available 24/7, FREE of charge and available in multiple languages.
COVID-19 vaccines will be an important tool to help stop this pandemic. Your best protection from COVID-19 will be a combination of getting a COVID-19 vaccine, wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds, and washing your hands often. No one tool alone is going to stop the pandemic.
South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control is continuing to update their site with the most current information available on the COVID-19 vaccine.
For more information, visit https://scdhec.gov/covid19/covid-19-vaccine.
To find a COVID-19 vaccination location through the SC DHEC website visit https://scdhec.gov/covid19/covid-19-vaccine/covid-19-vaccine-appointments.
You can also call the SC DHEC Care Line to find locations via phone. The number to call is 1-855-472-3432.
Stay SC Strong
South Carolina Department of Public Health has created a site dedicated to providing resources on COVID-19. These resources include information on general health & safety guidelines, information for business leaders on keeping customers and employees safe and mental health resources.
Click here to access Stay SC Strong information.
One Region Ready
Trident United Way is proud to be a part of One Region Ready. This collaborative effort seeks to provide guidance to businesses and employees on how and when to safely reopen. The strategy leverages expertise from the healthcare industry, government and businesses in the Tri-County area to create a coordinated, science-based approach to restoring the local economy. Together, we are ONE region!
One Region is launching the “One Region Ready Pledge.” Local organizations can take the pledge demonstrating to employees, customers, clients, and vendors their commitment to put health and safety first as they return to business.
The One Region Ready Pledge consists of eight key tenets to pledge that a business is adhering safely to One Region, AccelerateSC, MUSC, and CDC guidelines, as well as following best practices to keep their customers and staff safe and healthy.
For more information on the strategy, plans & guidelines and partners, or to take the pledge visit oneregionstrategy.com/ready.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately. If you have fever, cough or shortness of breath, call your doctor or healthcare provider to discuss your concerns or get medical care/direction.
The CDC provides information on what to do if you believe you have Coronavirus to care for yourself and prevent spread to others.
Roper St. Francis Healthcare is offering telehealth screenings, accessible from any mobile device between 8:00am and 8:00pm - there is a charge of $59 associated with the service.Use the promo code COVID19
MUSC is offering virtual care – a 24/7 free system staffed by doctors, PAs and NPs – communication is possible through texts, calls and video. Use the promo code “COVID19.”
MUSC is also offering a hotline that will provide screenings in both english and spanish to individuals who may not have internet access, have tried online screening and ran into technical trouble or are homeless. The number for the hotline is 843-985-8888.
For general questions about COVID-19, the DHEC Care Line is here to help. Call 1-855-472-3432.
For the latest information on COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we suggest you visit scdhec.gov/COVID19.
Information on Medicare coverage and payment of virtual services can be found by visiting https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/medicare-telemedicine-health-care-provider-fact-sheet.
The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people and the community you live in. Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.
There are local resources available to help manage the mental health impacts from COVID-19.
South Carolina Department of Mental Health provides a list of crisis resources to help cope with stress and anxiety due to COVID-19 and other stressors. You can find thises resources at https://scdmh.net/welcome/covid-19-resources/.
The Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center remains open and functioning. Clinic updates and resources for handling stress associated with COVID-19 can be found on their website at https://www.charlestondorchestermhc.org/coronavirus/. The center also provides an emergency services program available 24/7 that consists of an Assessment/Mobile Crisis Team and the EMS-Mobile Crisis Telehealth program. You can reach the AMC team by dialing 843-414-2350 or 1-800-613-8379. More information on the emergency services program can be found by visitin https://www.charlestondorchestermhc.org/services/emergency/.
The Berkeley Community Mental Health Center remains open and functioning. Clinic updates and resources for handling stress associated with COVID-19 can be found by visiting https://www.berkeleymentalhealth.org/bcmhc-and-covid-19/.
SC 211 also provides mental health resources.
The American Psychiatric Association Center for Workplace Mental Health has also provided a resource focusing on mental health and well-being while working remotely, which can be accessed here.
Small Business Disaster Assistance
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to South Carolina small businesses suffering substancial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. For more information and to apply visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Additional information provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration can be found here https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources.
SC Thrive Community Resources
Trident United Way partner SC Thrive has compiled a list of resources available for individuals and businesses or organizations that is updated frequently.
Resources for Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
Information from the CDC regarding the effects of COVID-19 on pregnancy and breastfeeding can be found here.
Talking to Children About COVID-19
Social Distancing Guidelines
To reduce the spread of COVID-19 it has been recommended to practice social distancing. SHRM has provided suggested guidelines for social distancing at work that can be found here.
Free Internet Access
To help those who may not have access to the internet in their homes, Comcast is providing new customers with 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service. More information can be found on the Comcast website.
Many Charleston area parks also offer free wifi. For a list of these parks visit https://www.chsfreewifi.com/parks/.
Avoiding COVID-19 Scams
During uncertain times there is an increase in the spread of false information and scams. You should never feel threatened to give out personal or confidential information. The FTC has providing guidelines and recommendations on avoiding these scams and what to do if you may feel you have been involved in one https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing. South Caroina DSS has also provided information on potential scams through SNAP benefits to be aware of https://dss.sc.gov/news/fraud-alert-usda-warns-of-scams-targeting-snap-recipients/.
Trident United Way is following the guidance of CDC, the Governor of S.C. and SC DHEC as related to the current coronavirus response. Out of an abundance of caution, in coordination with our partners and in accordance recommendations from health and government officials, Trident United Way will be making changes for upcoming events. Please read below for the latest information.
4/21: Trident United Way 75th Anniversary Luncheon – new date to be announced.
We will continue to monitor conditions and make additional announcements about events as soon as they determined. If you have specific questions about an event, please reach out to your event coordinator.