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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.

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

Practice Social Distancing

Wear a Mask in Public Places

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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As of Sunday, August 2 the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) confirmed there are 734 active cases of COVID-19 in Dorchester County.

The total number of cases reported in Dorchester County is 2,780. Cases are removed from SCDHEC’s (current/active) count 14 days after they are confirmed.

Mobile Testing

Dorchester County and MUSC Health have partnered to offer mobile COVID-19 testing at Gahagan Park conveniently located at 184 West Boundary St. off Lincolnville Rd. in Summerville.

Drive-thru testing will be available (weather permitting) every Tuesday and Thursday, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, beginning Tuesday, August 4 – Tuesday, September 29.

Note: Testing scheduled for Tuesday, August 4 may be canceled due to possible effects from Hurricane Isaias.

Currently, all insurance providers in South Carolina are covering the full cost of COVID-19 testing. Patient insurance information will be processed during testing. Co-pays or deductibles will not be charged. All patients will be served regardless of ability to pay.

MUSC Health reminds the public of the following:

  • Individuals who have been exposed, but remain asymptomatic, do not require COVID-19 testing.
  • Similarly, individuals who have had COVID-19 do not require a “test of cure”; instead, they should follow DHEC guidance on resuming normal activity based on the resolution of symptoms.
  • For individuals who have suspected or confirmed COVID-19 after 14 or more days, MUSC Health strongly encourages these individuals to seek antibody (blood) testing as a means to detect past infection. There are no lab critical issues regarding antibody testing.

We ask for the public’s understanding and patience as we respond as best we can to external factors beyond the health system’s control. 

Mask Ordinance

At an Emergency County Council Meeting held on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, County Council adopted a Face Covering Ordinance for Unincorporated Dorchester County.

The mask ordinance is effective through Sunday, August 30, 2020, or unless otherwise rescinded or extended by County Council.

The Ordinance Applies To:

  • All customers are required to wear face coverings while inside the enclosed area of any retail or foodservice establishment;
  • All persons entering any building open to the public in the County must wear a face covering while inside the building;
  • All retail establishments including but not limited to, restaurants, retail stores, salons, barbershops, grocery stores, pharmacies or other buildings open to the public must require their employees to wear a Face Covering at all times while working in areas open to the general public and areas in which interactions with other staff are likely and social distancing of at least six feet cannot be observed;
  • All persons when walking in public where maintaining a distance of six (6) feet between other members of the public at all times is not possible.
  • While providing or utilizing public transportation including taxis, Uber or Lyft.
  • While interacting with people in outdoor spaces, including curbside pickup, delivery and service calls.

Face Coverings Are Not Required:

  • In outdoor or unenclosed areas appurtenant to retail or food service
    establishments in which social distancing of at least six feet is possible and observed;
  • For those who cannot wear a Face Covering due to a medical or behavioral condition;
  • For children under 11 years old, provided that adults accompanying children age make reasonable efforts to have children wear face coverings while inside the enclosed area of retail or food service establishments;
  • For patrons of foodservice establishments while they are dining, seated or socially
    distanced consuming food and/or beverage;
  • In private, individual offices and for employees where they are separated from customers by a plexiglass or glass shield;
  • When complying with directions of law enforcement officers;
  • In settings where it is not practical or feasible to wear a face covering, including when obtaining or rendering goods or services such as the dentist or swimming;
  • While exclusively with members of a family or the same household, and no person other than such family or household is within the same enclosed area;
  • Police officers, Firefighters, EMS or other First Responders when it is not practical while engaged in a public safety matter or an emergency nature.