State of Emergency

Dorchester County Council declared a State of Emergency in Dorchester County beginning at 6:00 PM on Monday, March 16. The declaration will remain in place until 6:00 PM on Monday, April 13, or until otherwise rescinded. 


According to DHEC, the risk to the public remains low and there is no evidence of ongoing transmission in the community at this time.

Questions about COVID-19 should be directed to the DHEC care line at 1-855-472-3432. Staff is standing by to answer calls from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on weekdays.

High-Risk Population

Individuals who are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness includes: Older adults and those with chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.

Summerville Medical Center

Summerville Medical Center continues to restrict visitors to select entrances, where screening protocols have been put in place. Patients showing symptoms of COVID-19 are masked and immediately isolated.

CDC Guidance

Dorchester County strongly encourages residents to follow the below guidance from the CDC:

Avoid crowds

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

Stay home

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol

Cases in Dorchester County 

On Thursday, April 2 DHEC confirmed there are thirty-four (34) cases of COVID-19 in Dorchester County. DHEC is not notified when individuals are no longer infectious (i.e., they are well), and as a result, these numbers likely include those who have recovered and no longer pose a risk to others. 

Dorchester County continues to closely monitor COVID-19 and maintains a direct line of communication with DHEC and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. 

Virtual Screenings 

Should residents feel ill at any time, or recently close traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of the virus,  they are urged to contact their primary care physician. If they do not have a PCP they should contact MUSC Virtual Health or Trident Health's Consult-A-Nurse.


MUSC Health is offering free virtual care consultations and screenings to anyone experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms located in South Carolina with the promo code COVID19, for both new and existing patients. If you have immediate health concerns and wish to speak to a medical professional, MUSC recommends a virtual care visit to speak to a provider online. You can also call 843-792-7000 for more information. MUSC Health Virtual Care can be accessed by phone, online, or through chats.

Trident Health

Trident Medical Center is also offering free telehealth services. For questions about COVID-19 or other health-related questions the Consult-A-Nurse phone line is free and available 24/7. That number is (843) 797-3463.  Callers will speak to a registered nurse.