Prisma Health officials hold briefing on COVID-19 protocol, preparedness

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COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) – Prisma Health physicians, infection prevention and emergency management experts held a news conference this afternoon discussing how the health system is preparing for the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19, or the coronavirus.

Prisma Health officials walked through their protocol used to care for COVID-19 patients.

One of the physicians who spoke said when a patient arrives at the hospital, they arrive in a secure portal that leads them to an isolation room.

Staff in protective equipment then tend to the patient and a site manager is on-hand to make sure that the patient is safe, as well as medical personnel.

Another physician at the news conference stressed to keep good hand hygiene, as well as practice cough etiquette by coughing or sneezing into your sleeve.

The physician also said for people to not touch their eyes.

Anyone who believes they have symptoms of the coronavirus can visit prismahealth.org/virtual-visit to get a free virtual exam, and can use the promo code: COVID-19.

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