Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Information Learn More
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Vaccine Information
Providence Health is pleased to continue offering COVID-19 vaccinations in accordance with prioritization guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal government, and our state. We are currently in phase 2 of vaccination. Click HERE for information on who is included in this phase. Those who qualify for vaccination within phase 2 should call the Providence COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at 803.256.5588 for an appointment.
The Providence COVID-19 Vaccination clinic is located at Providence Health-Downtown hospital at 2435 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC 29204. Vaccinations are given by appointment only. Due to the volume of calls, if you receive a busy signal please try your call again. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
You may also visit SCDHEC.gov/COVID19 for a complete list of area facilities offering COVID-19 vaccines.
We encourage everyone in our community to be a hero and get vaccinated once the vaccine is more widely available to our community members, hopefully in the coming months. #VaccineHero
Update to Visitation Guidelines - Effective March 8, 2021
Beginning Monday, March 8, 2021, Providence Health will have an updated visitor’s policy.
To continuously ensure a healthy and safe environment for patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to evaluate our visitation parameters.
The Institute of Medicine’s Crossing the Quality Chasm in 2001 recognized the importance of patient and family to the patient-centered care structure. This model has been a valuable model for the improvement of quality outcomes. Sadly, since the early part of the COVID 19 epidemic, we had to limit our visitation to ensure the safety of our patients, clinical staff, and all the essential support staff in our organization.
All these measures are in place to protect our facility and our community. Please know that our providers and clinical teams are well trained and prepared to manage outbreaks of infectious diseases, including COVID-19, seasonal flu, and other respiratory illnesses. (Read more...)
Providence Health Masking Policy
Providence Health is taking every precaution to keep our patients and staff safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our facilities. For this reason, we are following the CDC recommendation that anyone who enters our facility must wear a face mask at all times.
Visitors are encouraged to bring their own masks from home to help conserve hospital supplies for patients and staff.
Why wear a mask? Recent studies show that universal masking, in addition to practicing social distancing and proper hand hygiene, can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19, especially in individuals who may not know they are ill. And until there is a vaccine, these measures are our best line of defense in protecting not only you but also our healthcare workers and community members.
Please be smart and do your part. Wear a mask! We all have a responsibility to protect one another against the spread of COVID-19 and make our communities healthier.
Learn more information on face coverings and how to make your own from the CDC.
COVID-19 Online Symptom Checker/Risk Assessment
To help support the health of our community, we are providing access to an online COVID-19 risk assessment developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This tool does NOT provide a diagnosis, and it should NOT be used as a substitute for an assessment made by a healthcare provider.
Good to Know:
- CDC Recommendations on Face Coverings
- Avoiding COVID-19 Scams
- Keeping our Patients Safe During COVID-19
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -(www.cdc.gov)
- South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) – (www.scdhec.gov)
- South Carolina Hospital Association – (scha.org)