Prisma Health responds to coronavirus (COVID-19)
Stay informed with updates from Prisma Health experts.
Prisma Health is prepared to care for you
Do you think you may have coronavirus?
Take these steps:
- Start with our symptom checker to help you determine your risk level and identify next steps.
- Use a free Prisma Health Virtual Visit, call your primary care provider, or call our community outreach hotline at 1-833-2PRISMA.
- Call ahead before visiting any Prisma Health location.
- Do not go to the Emergency Department for COVID-19 testing.
- If you have a medical emergency, call 911.
Prisma Health offers community testing for COVID-19
In partnership with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), Prisma Health is offering community screening for COVID-19 at locations across South Carolina.
Keep social distancing
Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between you and others.
Wear a mask
Wear a mask when you can’t maintain a distance of at least 6 feet, especially indoors.
Stay home if you feel sick
Isolate yourself for the protection of your family, friends and coworkers.
Frequently asked questions
Guidance about coming to Prisma Health facilities or events
Prisma Health’s restricted visitor policy remains in effect to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Visitors will not be allowed except in specific circumstances, such as:
- Obstetrics patients – One care partner is allowed for inpatients.
- Pediatrics patients – One parent, guardian, or designated caregiver will be allowed to visit at a time; two may be designated. In ambulatory and urgent care settings, one parent, guardian or designated caregiver may accompany pediatric patients to their appointments or urgent care visits. Infants two months and under may be accompanied by both parents.
- End of life events – Three care partners (including those under 18) may be allowed for inpatients and Emergency Department patients at the end of life at the discretion of the attending physician and incident command.
- Special circumstances – One care partner may be allowed for inpatients who need additional care (e.g., dementia) at the discretion of the attending physician and incident command; one care partner may be allowed in the Emergency Department for special requirement patients (e.g., prolonged stay/boarding) at the discretion of the on-site physician in charge.
- Patients who are undergoing outpatient procedures requiring anesthesia or moderate/deep sedation, such as surgery, endoscopy and radiology, are allowed one support person. Both the patient and companion will be screened upon entry to the facility and will be required to wear face masks. There is a designated waiting area for companions, as capacity allows, or they may return to their vehicle to wait during the procedure. If the patient remains overnight, the companion will not be permitted to stay in the waiting area overnight. The companion will be notified via cell phone when the patient is ready to be discharged, or they will be updated on the patient’s condition.
Care partner guidelines
Care partners must be over the age of 18, unless otherwise noted above. We encourage those over the age of 65 and with a chronic illness not to visit as a care partner.
Care partners will be screened upon entry. They must stay with the patient and will not be allowed to move about the facility (cafeteria, etc.). All care partners will be required to wear a mask for the duration of their visit. One will be provided if they do not have one.
Care partners are not permitted for patients suspected of or who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Yes. Our physicians are evaluating routinely scheduled office visits and scheduled surgeries or procedures.
For provider appointments, our providers will determine if a telehealth visit is an alternative. This will include both telephone and video virtual health visits.
- Appointments are not canceled unless the providers determine that after talking with the patient.
- Our practices are open for patients who need to be cared for by our providers on-site for any acute issues.
- Each provider practice will proactively contact patients who have scheduled office appointments to determine if they come in person or if they set up a call or have a virtual visit, if that is an option. Patients with smartphones or online video access may have additional options, such as using a video consultation.
- If a patient has a scheduled surgery, the physician will determine the best treatment plan and discuss that with the patient.
Yes. Prisma Health is prepared to care for patients presenting with COVID-19 symptoms. We will not waiver in our dedication to provide high-quality care during this challenging time.
We regularly treat patients with infectious diseases and have rigorous controls and measures in place. Our team members include infectious disease specialists, who undergo specialized training. They also work closely with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) as the state public health agency that monitors public health crises.
It’s important to know that Prisma Health prepares for many different types of events facing our communities, such as disasters and emergence of new illnesses like COVID-19.
All patients admitted to our hospitals are being screened. We regularly treat patients with infectious diseases and have rigorous controls and measures in place to contain viruses or bacteria. Our team members include infectious disease specialists, who undergo specialized training.
First, call your doctor if you develop symptoms such as a fever, a cough and shortness of breath AND have had close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 OR have recently traveled to an area with widespread ongoing community spread of COVID-19. Close contact means being within six feet of the infected person for a prolonged period of time. Your health care professional will determine if you need to be seen in person for possible testing for COVID-19.
Before coming to Prisma Health, you also can use a free Prisma Health Virtual Visit to get quick care online for potential COVID-19. Use the payment code COVID19 for the free visit. Follow the guidance you receive from the health care professional for possible testing or other next steps.
Prisma Health is offering drive-through COVID-19 testing for patients with orders from their Prisma Health provider or from a Prisma Health Virtual Visit provider. In Columbia, testing also is available to patients sent from the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC).
Patients must have a provider order for the COVID-19 test and official personal identification.
- In Columbia, patients must have an appointment for their test.
- There will be signage to help direct patients.
- The site is not designed for general public. We are not able to provide testing to community members without a provider order at this site.
Upon arrival at the drive-through location, patients will remain in their car as a sample is collected. The results from samples collected from this location will be sent to the provider. Care providers will provide results to the patient.
Columbia hours and location
- The site is operating:
- Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
- Saturday, closed
- Sunday, 1 p.m.–6 p.m.
- The Columbia site is outside Prisma Health Richland Hospital near the Emergency Department.
Greenville hours and location
- The site is operating:
- Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
- Saturday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
- Sunday, 1 p.m.–4 p.m.
- The Greenville site is on Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Medical Campus on the lower level of the South Parking Deck.
Sumter hours and location
- The site is operating 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday–Friday.
- The Sumter site is at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital’s Calhoun St./Day Surgery entrance.
Oconee hours and location
- The site is operating:
- Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
- Saturday–Sunday, 8 a.m.–10 a.m.
- The Oconee site is adjacent to the patient tower at Oconee Memorial Hospital.
Greer hours and location
- The site is operating 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Monday–Friday.
- The Greer site is near the hospital emergency department. Enter through campus entrance #4, which is the Brushy Creek facility entrance, and follow the signs.
Laurens hours and location
- The site is operating 8 a.m.–2 p.m., Monday–Friday.
- The Laurens site is at Laurens County Hospital’s main entrance.
Our Midlands and Upstate practices recommend continuing routine in-office prenatal care, unless instructed otherwise by your provider.
Continue infection prevention, per the CDC, including:
- Frequent hand washing
- Covering your cough
- Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (doorknobs, light switches, countertops, etc.)
- Avoiding contact with people who are sick
If you have symptoms: If you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath and are concerned that you were exposed to COVID-19, please call your practice to get information about COVID-19 testing and how to self-quarantine.
Delivery: We continue to recommend delivery in the hospital setting. We are prepared to care for all women at the time of delivery and have plans in place for infection prevention in all of our hospitals.
We know that these are unprecedented times with many unknowns. Please know that we are here and ready to serve you.
Use a Virtual Visit or call your provider. Our practices are open and are accepting new patients. Depending on your healthcare needs, we can handle your visit by phone, online or in person.
Contact your provider or choose one by browsing their profiles.
We recognize the need for family and friends to stay connected with loved ones during their hospital stay, and we are working on ways for the public to send well wishes to patients. In the meantime, family and friends are encouraged to stay connected with patients in the following ways:
Health Information Management (HIM/Medical Records) Release of Information areas have suspended walk-in services to minimize exposure to COVID-19. Patients and others may use these avenues to request records:
- Call HIM during normal business hours:
- Columbia hospitals: 803-296-5865 or fax requests to 803-296-5869.
- Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital: 803-774-8710 or fax requests to 803-774-8817.
- Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital: 864-455-4566 or fax requests to 864-454-4654.
- Prisma Health Patewood Hospital: 864-454-4600 or fax requests to 864-454-4654.
- Submit a request online:
- Mail requests to addresses listed on the forms found here for the Midlands and here for the Upstate.
Patients may access their medical records via the patient portals or, at Tuomey, by contacting HIM.
Coronavirus quick facts
What is coronavirus (COVID-19)?
COVID-19 is a new respiratory disease that was first identified in Wuhan, China. Symptoms have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
In 80% of patients, COVID-19 causes only mild cold symptoms. Older adults and those with pre-existing medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disease, appear to be more vulnerable to the virus.
The virus is thought to spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
There are several steps that community members can take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
Wash your hands.
Using warm water and soap, scrub under your nails, between fingers and on the back of your hands for at least 20 seconds. Dry hands with a paper towel and throw away, turning faucet off with another dry paper towel. Thorough hand washing helps prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19. It is acceptable to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
Regularly clean and disinfect all frequently touched surfaces, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards and bedside tables.
Cover your cough or sneeze.
When coughing or sneezing, cover with tissue and discard tissue immediately. COVID-19 and many other infectious diseases are spread through by contact with respiratory particles.
Stay home if you feel sick or are at high risk for COVID-19 exposure.
Stay home if you feel sick, are age 65 or older, or if you have a health condition that puts you at high risk for serious illness. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, especially fever, cough and shortness of breath, isolate yourself for the protection of your family, friends and coworkers.
Changes in services and events
Under the guidance of both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Prisma Health implemented visitor restrictions at Prisma Health Lila Doyle to limit potential exposure to our residents, family members and team members. Visitation is only allowed in special circumstances, such as end-of-life care.
Every effort will be made to provide other means of communication with residents, such as phone calls and email.
Prisma Health recognizes the dedication, compassion and selfless commitment to service of its volunteers to patients, guests and team members. While we have rigorous controls and measures in place, we are going an extra step to further protect our volunteers and patients by temporarily pausing our volunteer service in our inpatient units, the Emergency Department and in other areas where volunteers have direct patient contact.
Volunteers who work in non-patient care areas are not affected at this time. If preferred, volunteers may be reassigned to non-patient areas or can elect to take a leave of absence from their volunteer duties.
Telehealth visits are available with a CIOS nurse practitioner. This is a face-to-face visit available through your “My Chart” application on your smartphone, tablet or computer. Phone consults and telehealth visits are also available with our dietitian, social worker and chaplain.
Topics you may want to discuss include:
- Managing stress and methods for relaxation
- Managing methods to help decrease tobacco use and dependence
- Controlling eating habits and incorporating intake of healthy foods
- Lack of socialization and ways to control anxiety and depression
- Lack of exercise with creative ideas to increase physical activity
- Lack of spiritual support due to inability to attend church or synagogue
To schedule a visit, please call the Center for Integrative Oncology & Survivorship at 864-455-1346. Instructions on how to use and access “My Chart” will be provided.
During this period of social distancing when we cannot offer programs in person, Prisma Health’s Cancer Support Community is offering a selection of virtual support groups geared toward keeping the mind and body healthy.
If you are interested in being a part of any of these groups, please contact Ginny Simmons at Ginny.Simmons@PrismaHealth.org or call 864-455-5943 to receive an invite with the call-in information. Please note that we are using WebEx, which allows participants to connect by phone or any internet device. Video capability is voluntary. These programs are open to anyone impacted by a cancer diagnosis including survivors, family members, caregivers and friends. We hope that you may find one or more of these helpful.
Prisma Health is committed to keeping our patients, team members, visitors and community informed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) are the lead public health and environmental agencies and provide real-time updates on the progression of this disease.
For the most up-to-date information and recommendations on COVID-19:
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