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COVID-19 is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus. People with COVID-19 have had symptoms that range from mild to severe illness. Get a COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself.

Update your emergency plans to reduce your risk of COVID-19 during storms. During a hurricane, first protect yourself from the storm. Make plans for a safe place to stay if a storm will likely impact you or your home. Stay with friends or family or at a hotel not in the storm's path. Once you are in a safe place, do what you can to prevent COVID-19. Add face masks, soap and hand sanitizer, and tissues to your emergency kit. Wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet from people who don’t live with you.

The danger of a hurricane can be a life-threatening situation. Follow guidance from emergency officials and take COVID-19 health precautions.

Due to the possibility of coronavirus infections, fewer people may be able to stay in each emergency shelter so volunteers can take extra safety precautions such as safe distancing. Additional shelters will open based on need. Each person entering a shelter will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. Shelter staff will provide additional cleaning stations and set up isolation areas if needed. The SC Emergency Manager mobile app, scemd.org, and road signs will have real-time information on all open shelters nearest to your evacuation route.