MUSC Health Weekly COVID-19 Report (December 6) | MUSC – Community News

MUSC Health Weekly COVID-19 Report (December 6) | MUSC

CHARLESTON, SC (December 6, 2021) – At MUSC Health, the safety of patients, families, healthcare team members, students, educators and staff remains the number one priority. MUSC’s Public Affairs and Media Relations Department will issue regular COVID-19 updates on Mondays of the week. If a federal or state holiday falls on a Monday, a report is issued the following day. Read the report in its entirety; information can change quickly.

The Path Forward / Recovery


Question and answer 16

Travel restrictions, childhood photos, and other things to know about the COVID-19 vaccine.

MUSC Health has vaccine appointments for all eligible individuals ages 5 and older. Eligible individuals can visit to make an appointment. Watch information and a video with instructions on how to schedule a vaccination appointment. The community is encouraged to check for COVID-19 vaccine availability criteria, updates, and FAQs.

Visit to learn more about public vaccination sites operated by MUSC Health statewide. Homebound individuals requiring in-home COVID-19 vaccination services should contact DHEC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line by calling 1-866-365-8110. All calls must be routed through the DHEC COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line to access this program.

MUSC Health vaccination records are available upon request.


Omicron variant

“There’s no doubt that it’s scary because of the genetics and the shape of the virus,” the scientist says of Omicron. But don’t panic, he advises.

The MUSC COVID-19 Epidemiology Intelligence Project is a digital dashboard that provides leading indicators related to the COVID-19 epidemic to enable informed decisions. Current situation assessments for the MUSC Health – Charleston (Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties), MUSC Health Florence and MUSC Health Lancaster divisions are available on this site.


General information

General information

Information about test options

MUSC Virtual Emergency Care

COVID-19 vaccination

MUSC COVID-19 Mobile Diagnostic Tests

MUSC Health offers COVID-19 testing in hospitals, clinics and other locations. Patients are encouraged to communicate with their healthcare providers through MUSC MyChart if they require testing services. Current turnaround time is approximately 24 hours for test results. A full list of testing information is available at

Information related to Healthy Me – Healthy SC free, statewide mobile testing sites for each week can be found here.

COVID-19 related stories for follow up

COVID-19 vaccine and children

MUSC pediatricians contribute to a nationwide study showing that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is effective against hospitalization in children aged 12-18.

COVID-19 and chronic diseases

MUSC researcher will examine how chronic disease affected COVID-19 outcomes and how COVID-19 affected chronic disease treatment in underserved communities.

Testing on Omicron

The Molecular Pathology Laboratory at the Medical University of South Carolina is sequencing local COVID cases to see if the novel Omicron variant is involved.

Basic Statistics / COVID-19 Positive Cases

Previously reported data points, such as total number of pediatric patients admitted, COVID-19 community screening tests completed by MUSC Health-Charleston and number of positive cases determined through those tests, number of telehealth exams, total number of samples collected from different mobile sites , number of COVID-19 positive MUSC care team members or vaccinated versus unvaccinated clinical information is available upon request. Information regarding vaccinations is at the top of this release.

  • Total number of COVID patients (MUSC Health – Charleston): 29
    • MUSC Health tracks these numbers to determine if we have current and future capacity in healthcare providers, supplies, ventilators and PPE. Reported numbers are consistent with modeling and expectation that MUSC Health will have the appropriate resources to treat these patients.
    • Of the 29 COVID-related hospital patients currently at the MUSC Health-Charleston site, 7 are in the MUSC Health COVID-19 intensive care unit, with 3 of the 29 total patients admitted currently receiving ventilatory care for disease progression.

For specific information about MUSC Health Florence or Marion Medical Centers, please contact Kim Geiger at [email protected]

For information about MUSC Health Chester or Lancaster Medical Centers, contact Ashley Shannon at [email protected]

For information about MUSC Health Columbia Medical Centers Downtown of Northeast and MUSC Health Fairfield Emergency and Imaging, contact Karlin Ferguson at [email protected]

For information about MUSC Health Kershaw Medical Center, please contact Karlin Ferguson at [email protected]


About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, MUSC is home to the oldest medical school in the South and the state’s only integrated academic center for health sciences, with a unique mission of serving the state through education, research, and patient care. Each year, MUSC trains more than 3,000 students and nearly 800 residents in six colleges: dentistry, graduate studies, health professions, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy. MUSC brought in more than $328 million in biomedical research funds in fiscal 2021 and continued to lead the state in securing this funding. For information on academic programs, visit

As the clinical health system of the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC Health is committed to providing the highest quality and safe patient care while educating generations of compassionate, competent healthcare providers to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Nearly 25,000 members of the healthcare team provide care to patients in 14 hospitals with approximately 2,500 beds and 5 additional hospital sites in development, more than 300 telehealth sites, and nearly 750 healthcare sites in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, Midlands, Pee Dee, and Upstate regions. In 2021, for the seventh consecutive year, US News & World Report named MUSC Health the #1 hospital in South Carolina. For more information about clinical patient services, visit

MUSC and its affiliates have combined annual budgets of $4.4 billion. MUSC’s more than 25,000 team members include educators, physicians, specialist suppliers and world-class scientists who deliver cutting edge education, research, technology and patient care.