COVID-19 Response

A Message from the South Carolina Power Team

The South Carolina Power Team, the economic development organization of the state’s 20 electric cooperatives, values the well-being of our great State and is here to support you during this challenging time. We stand in support of your organization and the communities we collectively serve.


How To Help

Producers & Manufacturers Needed

Manufacturers/Businesses able to make any of the listed items should email Chuck Spangler at SCMEP at cspangler@scmep.org. Include in the email the item(s) you would like to manufacture, your location, and complete contact information for follow-up.

  • Disposable, ISO-rated polypropylene surgical gowns of all sizes, in sets of 500,000 for one size or 2 million one-size-fits-all gowns.
  • N95 masks
  • Surgical procedure masks
  • Surgical procedure masks with shield
  • Face shields with a disposable band
  • Antifog Condor goggles that are splash and impact-resistant
  • Nitrile exam gloves with a 11 to 12-inch cuff, in all sizes
  • MaxAir CAPR Systems and powered air purifying respirators (PAPR)
  • PAPR hoods in all sizes from 3M or an alternative brand
  • PAPR filters
  • Max Air 2000-201 Comfort Strips
  • Small Max Air 200-36T Li-Ion batteries
  • Impermeable barriers
  • Sanitizing and disinfectant wipes
  • Hand sanitizer bottles ranging from 4 to 24 ounces
  • Hand sanitizer refills ranging from 1200 milliliters to 2000 milliliters
  • Five hundred individual 20-ounce packages of sanitizing GoJo hand soap
  • Cleaning solution sprays such as VioNex or Cavicide
  • Red 10-gallon biohazard waste bags that are 24 inches high or a similar size
  • Digital thermometers used on the forehead
  • Disposable thermometers

  • Disposable stethoscopes
  • Health Care N95 Particulate Respirator (3M 1860; NIOSH-approved and FDA cleared
  • Health Care N95 Particulate Respirator (3M 1860S; NIOSH-approved and FDA cleared)
  • Health Care N95 Particulate Respirator (3M 8210; NIOSH-approved)
  • Health Care N95 Particulate Respirator (Gerson 1730; NIOSH-approved)
  • Face Masks/Surgical Masks
  • HY98F1 Adult Surgical Masks
  • Pediatric Surgical Masks
  • K-C Children’s Face Mask (Model 47127)
  • Glove, Nitrile, Exam Disposable, Non-Sterile, Powder-Free, Small
  • Glove, Nitrile, Exam Disposable, Non-Sterile, Powder-Free, Medium
  • Glove, Nitrile, Exam Disposable, Non-Sterile, Powder-Free, Large
  • Medi Pak Performance Disposable Isolation Gown Yellow One-Size-Fits-All
  • Poly Wear Disposable Polyethylene Gown with Thumb Loop (Model 11510/Blue)
  • Face Shields
  • Surgical Gowns, Small
  • Surgical Gowns, Large
  • Surgical Gowns, Extra Large
  • Surgical Gowns, Double Extra Large
  • Coveralls


Resources for Businesses

U.S. Small Business Administration-Federal Disaster Loans for South Carolina

SBA Offers Multiple Relief Options

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers relief through the CARES Act and Gov. Henry McMaster’s emergency declaration covering the entire state of South Carolina.

Announced March 20, 2020: In response to a request from Governor Henry McMaster for a disaster declaration, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for South Carolina small businesses suffering substantial economic injury resulting from COVID-19. The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the entire state of S.C.

Included are the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Bridge loans and business counseling also are available.

Here is the SBA’s COVID-19 disaster loan page. Here is a list of all SBA guidance and loan resources.

Visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela for an application or call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information.

On April 3, 2020, under the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program, small businesses and sole proprietorships can begin applying for funds to pay up to eight (8) weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent and utilities.

The deadline to return Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications is December 21, 2020.

Guide to the CARES Act

The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship is providing this Guide to the CARES Act.

 

U.S. Centers for Disease Control

More Federal Guidance


State of South Carolina Resources

Here are the current Governor’s Executive Orders regarding COVID-19.

Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)

  • The DHEC home page maintains current information on COVID-19 in South Carolina.
  • The DHEC Care Line at 1-855-472-3432 is staffed seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Telehealth care providers are offering screening and other services around the state. List here.

South Carolina Department of Commerce

COVID-19 Business Resource Center

  • One stop for business and industry information during the COVID-19 pandemic including links to information on unemployment benefits, business interruption insurance coverage and virtual health visits.

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 Resources

  • Business and industry resources and guidelines available from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) and the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). The SC Chamber is the state affiliate for the National Association of Manufacturers.

The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina

Coronavirus & Your Electric Bill

  • The statewide service and trade association for electric cooperatives in South Carolina provides general information on the coronavirus and your electric bill along with a link to take you to your specific serving cooperative.

South Carolina Department of Insurance

  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act mandates testing coverage. Details here.

South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW)

South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS)

  • Details about licensing rules for organizations to provide temporary child care. Here.

South Carolina Department of Education

South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD)

  • ES24 List Serve – South Carolina Business and Industry may be added to the ES24 List Serve and receive the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19. To be added to the list, send an email to esf24@emd.sc.gov with your company name, contact name(s), county, contact email address and phone number.
  • Mobile Apps – Emergency mobile apps available to the public – Mobile Apps
  • Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center – Specific resources for business and industry during emergencies and includes specific information on preparing your business for COVID-19.
  • The SCEMD site includes updates from and links to all the agencies above and more.

South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance

SCBIO – Life Sciences Industry

SC Emergency Supply Portal

  • A web portal connecting parties in need of essential supplies and equipment with those that can provide it quickly and efficiently.

  • Organizations in need of materials will be digitally connected through the portal to secure their desired goods from providers directly.


Travel Updated & SC Covid-19 News

News Coverage

  • The State newspaper – Live Coverage – real time coronavirus information free to the public.