Coronavirus Resources & Updates | SC Thrive

Columbia, SC, September 9, 2020 – 

As you have undoubtedly heard, cases of Coronavirus (officially called “2019-Novel Coronavirus” or “COVID-19”) have been confirmed in the state of South Carolina. Like you, we are watching updates from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). As we learn more, you can find additional Coronavirus resources and updates here on this page or on our social media.

As of right now, we are postponing or moving online our remaining in-person trainings, tax clinics and events for the remainder of 2020. We are also taking steps to minimize the threat of the virus spreading in our trainings and our communities by working remotely and moving all meetings and outreach online. Our Contact Center will remain open and available to the public during this time. You can reach our Contact Center at 800.726.8774 Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

What You Can Do

While the immediate health risk remains low to most Americans, there are still ways that you can help prevent the spread of this virus to those at high-risk. The virus is spread through contact with infected individuals and that the best prevention method is to “use good hygiene” – and to practice social distancing at home and work.

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus or other illnesses, including the flu:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds,
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze—not your hands,
  • Stay home when you are sick, and
  • Call your doctor if you think you are sick. If you don’t have a primary care physician, use a telehealth option. Do not visit the emergency room unless it is an emergency. High-risk patients being exposed or overcrowding of emergency rooms is a threat to all our health.

Visit the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) website for more information on the Coronavirus, including information about symptoms, treatments, testing, frequently asked questions and other Coronavirus resources. SC DHEC has also created educational and outreach materials including fact sheets in multiple languages, videos, social media content and more available on their website.

Highlighted Resources

Federal Eviction Halt

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared a temporary halt in residential evictions. Learn more about the order and download the declaration for tenants, lessees, or residents HERE.

Find Something New: Career Help

The COVID-19 pandemic has quickly changed the job market for many people. Fortunately, there are opportunities for those emerging in their career and seasoned professionals. Explore apprenticeships, certificate programs, online learning opportunities and more HERE.

How to Select, Clean and Wear Your Mask

When selecting a mask, there are many choices. Learn these basic mask do’s and don’ts according to the CDC HERE.

South Carolina Approved for Lost Wages Assistance

SC Department of Employment and Workforce (SC DEW) released a statement confirming that the state is approved for Lost Wages Assistance (LWA). As additional information about the LWA is released, we’ll update this listing. Check out the press release HERE and information from SC DEW HERE.

New Resources

SC Thrive 10th Annual Training

Are you looking for new ways to serve your clients? Interested in learning about volunteers, state agency updates, Social Determinants of Health and much, much more? Register for SC Thrive’s virtual 10th Annual Training for only $99! Here’s what comes with your registration:

  • Opportunity to watch each keynote session, breakout session, and panel, live or recorded
  • Access to our Virtual Networking Event
  • Engage with our sponsors in the virtual exhibit hall

You can learn more about each speaker and session and register HERE.

Capacity Building for Improved Behavioral Health in Rural America

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development has announced a webinar for September 24 at 2:00 PM EST about the prevention of substance misuse and associated behavioral health issues during COVID-19. You can learn more and register HERE.

Collective Impact in Emergency Response

Community response to the COVID-19 pandemic varies across the country. Countless organizations are still figuring out strategies to deal with new challenges. This study offers six lessons for how collective impacts can be most effective in meeting emergency needs and pursuing lasting change. You can find the study HERE.

A Conversation with US Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams

The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation is hosting a special segment of their series Path Forward with US Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams on September 17 at 3:00 PM EST. This session will provide some practical recommendations and information for businesses of all sizes. You can learn more and register HERE.

Coronavirus Resources for Farmers

With safety precautions in mind, the USDA is committed to serving America’s farmers and ranchers. Learn about updated USDA programs and find your nearest service center’s hours HERE.

COVID-19 Resources for Kinship Families and Grandfamilies

Many Kinship Families and Grandfamilies have limited financial resources, making purchases such as food, personal protective equipment, sanitizers, and disinfectants difficult. Moreover, intergenerational families are more likely to live in closely confined spaces making social distancing difficult to achieve during a pandemic. This resource from the Administration for Community Living and the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (SCRG) Advisory Council can help families during the COVID-19 pandemic and other emergencies. You can find the resource guide HERE.

COVID-19 Testing Guidance

Are you wondering if you need to be tested for COVID-19? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have put out and updated guidance for when you should be tested. The last set of revisions were made on August 24, 2020. You can find the testing guidance HERE.

Have Housing-Related Legal Questions?

If you have any eviction or housing-related legal questions, the South Carolina Bar encourages individuals to call 1-833-958-2266 to be connected to assistance. Individuals who qualify will be connected to South Carolina Legal Services for assistance or matched with South Carolina lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal help. You can learn more HERE.

How Health Partnerships Can Help Rural Communities Prepare for COVID-19

As communities prepare for the fall during the Coronavirus pandemic, now is the time to address how rural communities can achieve greater resilience. In this article from the National Rural Health Association, you can learn how rural health partnerships enable communities to more effectively address social determinants of health. You can read the article HERE.

UPDATED: Mental Health Help during the Pandemic

Looking for free mental health resources during the Coronavirus crisis? Fast Company has compiled a list of free therapy resources that you can find HERE. SAMHSA has information about finding treatment using their National Helpline at 1.800.662.4357 and you can learn more HERE. The South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SC DMH), in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS), has launched a statewide support line for individuals in need of mental health or substance use services in light of COVID-19. The support line is statewide, and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They will connect callers to trained clinicians who can address their specific needs. The support line, which can be reached 24/7, statewide, toll-free, at 1 (844) SC-HOPES (724-6737), will connect callers to trained clinicians who can address their specific needs. Check out their flyer in English HERE and in Spanish HERE.

Mental Health Line for Spanish Speakers

COVID-19 has led to a greater need for mental health services for those coping with the challenges the pandemic has created. As the need for mental health services continues to grow, the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SC DMH) has added a toll-free number for Spanish speakers. Learn more about the expansion and what SC DMH offers HERE.

UPDATED: Mental Health Matters

Join us for one of our bi-weekly Mental Health Matters webinars to discuss a slew of topics related to mental health. Did you miss our previous webinars? Check them out HERE! You can learn more about upcoming Mental Health Matters sessions below.

Caring for Spouses of First Responders | September 10 at 11:30 AM
Police, firefighters, dispatchers, and emergency medical services (EMS) professionals work in fast-paced environments, often putting in long hours and sometimes facing highly stressful and dangerous situations. This intensity can affect their families and life at home. A strong support network is critical for spouses to maintain good mental health. Spouses are likely to notice early warning signs that their loved one is struggling with a mental health issue, organizational stress or cumulative stress symptoms such as burnout, compassion fatigue or morale injury. Spousal support groups can be beneficial and a great way to find friendship but they can also serve as an opportunity for people to share personal experiences and feelings as well as coping strategies. You can register HERE.

PTSD Awareness | September 24 at 11:30 AM
Anyone can develop PTSD at any age. This includes not only veterans and first responders, but also children and people who have been through a physical or sexual assault, abuse, accident, disaster or other serious events. Not everyone with PTSD has been through a dangerous event. Some people develop PTSD after a friend or family member experiences danger or harm, or the sudden unexpected death of a loved one. According to the National Center for PTSD, about seven or eight out of every 100 people will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. During a given year, PTSD affects about eight million adults. You can register HERE.

Office of Child Care Coronavirus Resources

Childcare is an essential part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Office of Child Care shares links to guidance and resources relevant to families and COVID-19. You can view the resource HERE.

Rural EMS COVID-19 Preparedness Checklist

The American Ambulance Association has provided a checklist for rural response agencies to evaluate their current level of preparedness and identify areas that need additional action to better respond to COVID-19. This checklist addresses planning, strategy, personal protective equipment and supplies, workforce and recruiting, and funding. You can find the checklist HERE.

Social Isolation & Loneliness During COVID-19

Social isolation and loneliness are a public health concern because they are associated with poor mental and physical health outcomes and mortality. The University of Montana Rural Institute recently released research about how the measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 have also affected our mental health. You can read the research brief HERE.

Stay Creative While Working Remotely

As many organizations adapt to remote working, creativity and innovation can still thrive. Check out this article for ideas on boosting creativity while working from home HERE.

Suicide Prevention Month

Studies are beginning to show the impact the pandemic is having on mental health and suicidal ideation. During Suicide Prevention Month, Relias offers resources, videos, free courses, and more to help you and your organization promote suicide prevention during Coronavirus and beyond. You can find the resources HERE.

Unemployment Benefits & 2020 Taxes

Did you know that unemployment benefits are taxable? If you have received unemployment benefits during 2020, it may impact your 2020 tax return. You can learn more from the IRS HERE.

UPDATED: VA COVID-19 Guidance for Veterans

As veterans get adjusted to new healthcare practices, they may find some of these updates challenging to navigate. The Department of Veterans Affairs has provided a page of Frequently Asked Questions to help you understand these new changes before your next appointment. You can find the page HERE. You can also learn more about what the VA is doing as it relates to COVID-19 HERE.

VA: Military to Civilian Transition during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has made the already-challenging transition from military to civilian life experience even more stressful for many service members and Veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs has created many helpful videos for transitioning Veterans and service members during the pandemic. You can find these videos HERE.

Resources for People

2020 Census

The 2020 Census is underway and the most important thing you can do is respond online, by phone, or by mail when you receive your invitation. Responding now will minimize the need for the Census Bureau to send census takers out into communities to follow up. It is easier than ever to complete the Census online, by phone or by mail. Despite rumors, your answers cannot be used to impact your eligibility for any government benefits, including any potential stimulus package. The Census Day of Action may have come and gone, but it’s not too late to complete your Census online! You can complete the Census online in English HERE and Spanish HERE. Did you know the Census has been extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic? You can learn more HERE.

COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program

SC Thrive now accepting Rental Assistance Program applications from households that previously collected Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) — a change that significantly expands participation eligibility. The program, created in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, is designed to provide emergency rental assistance to South Carolinians facing financial hardships because of the crisis and to help lessen the outbreak’s economic impacts on state residents. Applications are accepting online through Thrive Hub. You can find program information, frequently asked questions, application help and more HERE.

Able SC

If you or someone you know is living with a disability and needs food or essential supplies, please contact Able SC for assistance. They also have a list of ways they are serving the community and other Coronavirus resources available on their website. You can learn more HERE.

ASL Coronavirus Resources

For individuals who experience deafness or hearing loss, the CDC has recently released videos in American Sign Language relating to COVID-19. You can view the full video playlist HERE.

Combatting Caution Fatigue

Like many others, you may be experiencing the caution fatigue of social distancing and other important measures we’ve all taken during the pandemic. However, it’s important to remember that while various things are being reopened, we still need to be cautious and protect ourselves and others. Learn more about caution fatigue and how to fight it HERE.

Coronavirus Implications for Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs has written about the implications of Coronavirus for Veterans and what they’re doing in response to the pandemic. You can read the article HERE. The VA has also partnered with the Treasury Department to deliver stimulus payments to Veterans and survivors. You can learn more HERE. Are you a Veteran who needs to access telehealth services? Learn how to access VA Telehealth during COVID-19 HERE.

Coronavirus Resources for Minorities

The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs has collected a list of Coronavirus resources for minorities. There are resources available in Spanish and Simplified Chinese. Information is also available for Native American individuals. You can learn more HERE.

Coronavirus Resources for People with Autism

Autism Speaks has created a list of Coronavirus resources for people with Autism and their families. These resources include events, educational resources, behavioral resources, videos, non-English resources and more. You can access the full resource list HERE and a YouTube playlist HERE.

COVID-19 Testing Sites

DON’T MISS THIS: Do you want or need to be tested for COVID-19? SC Department of Health and Environmental Control has published a list of available COVID-19 Testing and Screening Sites. To find a location nearest you, click HERE.

COVID-19 Translated Fact Sheets

Students at Harvard have been working hard to translate vetted materials into 35 different languages. These materials are freely available for download and distribution and without restrictions HERE

COVID-19 Videos in Indigenous Languages

CIELO has produced several videos about COVID-19 in indigenous languages for Latin American community members. The videos can be viewed HERE.

Face Mask Ordinances in SC

The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs has recently created a list of face mask ordinances in South Carolina. This list includes information on exceptions, terms of the ordinances, and enforcement. It will be updated regularly. You can find the current list HERE. As the list is updated, you can view it HERE.

Additional mandates for South Carolina were announced requiring limits on occupancy in specific businesses and facilities, requiring facemasks at certain establishments like restaurants, and enacting social distancing and cleaning policies. You can find the details of the statewide mandate HERE. Are you unsure of your county’s current mask requirements? While some areas are making masks mandatory, others are not. Keep track of which SC counties and municipalities have implemented mask ordinances with an interactive South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) map. You can find the map HERE.

FAQs about Coronavirus

Have questions about Coronavirus? First Choice by Select Health of South Carolina has put together a list of Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions in ENGLISH and SPANISH.

Hand Hygiene

Practicing thorough hand hygiene is a simple, yet effective way to prevent the spread of pathogens and infections, especially in healthcare settings. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) explains proper hand hygiene including techniques for using hand sanitizers HERE.

How Not to Wear a Mask

The CDC has recommended wearing face coverings in public, but do you know how to properly wear your mask? Read THIS ARTICLE to learn how to safely wear your mask to protect your community. Still don’t have a face covering? THIS ARTICLE will show you how to make a mask whether you know how to sew or just have an old t-shirt you’re willing to cut up.

Hurricane Season & COVID-19

COVID-19 has changed many aspects of life, including how to prepare for hurricanes and other natural disasters. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put together a list of disaster preparedness resources and tips for preparing for hurricane season while keeping COVID-19 precautions in mind. You can access this resource HERE.

Immigrant Healthcare Rights

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) makes sure that anyone who needs to be tested for Coronavirus can get tested, even if they don’t have insurance. Coronavirus testing, treatment or preventative care will not be considered in a public charge inadmissibility determination, even if the services are covered by Medicaid. Learn more from the National Immigration Law Center HERE and check out THIS FLYER from Protecting Immigrant Families about immigrant healthcare rights.

Inequities of COVID-19 in South Carolina

COVID-19 has shed additional light on complex health inequities in South Carolina. South Carolina Public Radio has published an article discussing how the current pandemic has disproportionately affected different populations in our state. You can view the article HERE.

Legal Questions & Coronavirus

Have legal questions relating to Coronavirus? SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center has put together a Coronavirus resource guide for South Carolina available in English and Spanish. You can find their general information page HERE. They have also prepared a Coronavirus resource guide for immigrants in South Carolina available HERE. Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services has also created a Frequently Asked Questions page that can be accessed HERE. SC Legal has also published a list of videos relating to legal concerns during the pandemic. You can view those videos HERE.

Make Equity a Priority

Nonprofit leaders Melanie Huggins and Sherrie Snipes-Williams have asked South Carolinians what they are doing to help those most in need in a recent commentary in The Post and Courier. This commentary highlights the need to make equity a priority in our state’s recovery efforts. You can read the article HERE.

Plasma Donations Requested from Recovered COVID-19 Patients

Have you recovered from COVID-19? You may be able to help patients currently fighting the infection by donating your plasma. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking to dramatically increase plasma donations to help fight against Coronavirus. You can learn more including where to donate plasma HERE.

REAL ID Deadline Extended

Temporary closings and restrictions at DMV offices across the country due to Coronavirus have extended the deadline to have a REAL ID from October 1, 2020 to October 1, 2021. You can learn more about the REAL ID deadline change HERE.

Share Coronavirus Resources

Want to share these Coronavirus resources with friends, family coworkers, clients or patients? You can share the link to this page or print and use THIS FLYER that shares information for people who may need resources during this time.

SC Recursos

Looking for a one-stop Coronavirus resource for the Spanish-speaking community? South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center, the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs and PASOs have are working together to share SC Recursos. You can access a flyer HERE to share the news or access the page HERE.

SC Schools Closed until Fall

On April 21, it was announced that public schools would remain virtual for the rest of the school year. If you or your children need assistance with virtual learning, check out the list of Coronavirus resources for students we’ve compiled below.

Stay SC Strong

Stay SC Strong is an informational campaign about COVID-19 from SC DHEC. This campaign features health and safety guidelines and social media toolkits to help share information. You can find this resource in English HERE and in Spanish HERE.

Wearing a Face Mask

SC Department of Health and Environmental Control is still encouraging the use of masks or face coverings in addition to social distancing and proper hand hygiene. You can learn how to make a mask at home, how to wear a mask and more HERE. Information is available in Spanish as well HERE. With temperatures heating up and the humidity increasing, it may be tempting to stop wearing a face mask. While it may not be comfortable, health officials still support the use of face masks as a preventative measure. The State has published an article that provides some additional tips to wearing a face mask in the summer heat and how to make it easier. You can read the article HERE.

What We Know about COVID-19

In less than a year the coronavirus outbreak has completely shifted our culture. STAT News has compiled a list of the things experts have learned and some of the pressing questions for which communities around the world still need answers. You can view the article HERE.

Working & Parenting from Home

Transitioning to working from home can be difficult, but adding parenting and home learning has added a new level of difficulty for parents across the nation. Check out a list of resources, tips and encouragement for working from home with or without your kids HERE. Don’t forget to prioritize self-care and care for your family while you’re working from home. Read a blog by 1000 Feathers’ Cayci Banks for some encouragement during the chaos HERE.

Physical Health:

Additional SNAP Dollars

The South Carolina Department of Social Services has received a federal waiver to provide additional SNAP dollars to South Carolinians already receiving SNAP benefits. This will bring each SNAP households up to the maximum benefit allowed based on their household size. Households that already receive the maximum will not receive an emergency supplement. You can learn more HERE. This supplement has been extended through July.

Apply for Benefits Over the Phone

If you are practicing social distancing or can’t get to a location to apply for SNAP or Medicaid, you can call the SC Thrive Contact Center to apply for benefits over the phone. The SC Thrive Contact Center can be reached Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM at 800.726.8774.

Caregiving during the Pandemic

Are you a caregiver? Our caregivers across the state have a different perspective when it comes to Coronavirus. The Family Caregiver Alliance has put together a Coronavirus resource page for Family Caregivers during the pandemic that you can find HERE. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has put together a guide for parents and caregivers regarding infectious disease outbreaks that you can find HERE.

Coronavirus and its Effects on People with Disabilities and Their Caregivers

Kaiser Health News has recently shared the stories of how COVID-19 has upended the lives of people with disabilities and their caregivers. From the loss of caregivers due to college campuses shutting down to need to provide PPE to caregivers, individuals living with disabilities have had to make big changes in their daily lives. You can read more HERE.

Coronavirus Family Support

Help Me Grow is continuing to support families during the COVID-19 pandemic. They exist to help parents access resources so they can raise healthy children. You can learn more about Help Me Grow South Carolina HERE and how they’re supporting families during the pandemic HERE.

Coronavirus for Pregnant or Breastfeeding Mothers

The CDC has put out information specifically for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers concerning Coronavirus. You can learn more HERE.

Coronavirus Resources for Physical Activity

Physical activity is crucial for both physical and mental health, but it is difficult to stay active in extended periods of social distancing. If you’re looking for ways to be active while staying safe, check out a list of physical activity Coronavirus resources from Eat Smart Move More and Healthy Palmetto. You can access the resources HERE.

Coronavirus Testing Guide

Getting tested for Coronavirus may seem overwhelming at first. Where do you go? What do you need? To help make the process easier, The Post and Courier has created a guide to Coronavirus testing in South Carolina. Information includes testing sites, results, links and more. You can view the testing guide HERE.

COVID-19 & Advance Care Planning

COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of health and healthcare, including advance care planning. Learn more from rural healthcare providers’ experiences during the pandemic in an article from the Rural Health Information Hub. You can read the article HERE.

COVID-19 May Be Affecting Your Sleep

COVID-19 has brought changes to our lives in almost all aspects, but how is it changing our sleeping habits? Read this article from TIME about the ways that the crisis may be affecting your sleep HERE.

COVID-19 Q&A for Those with Cystic Fibrosis

Individuals and caretakers of those living with cystic fibrosis may have unique concerns about their health care practices while navigating through the coronavirus pandemic. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) has put together a list of common questions from those with CF to educate and inform. Learn more HERE.

Elder LGBT+ & Coronavirus

The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging tells us that older LGBT+ adults and older people living with HIV have a higher risk for complications with COVID-19 and are less likely to reach out to health and aging providers. They’ve put together tips and resources for LGBT+ including fact sheets, emergency planning and more. You can find elder LGBT+ Coronavirus resources HERE.

Emergency Senior Nutrition Program

Midlands-based Senior Resources has temporarily expanded its service area for its Emergency Senior Nutrition Program. Seniors in Richland, Lexington, Clarendon, Anderson, Oconee, Greenville, McCormick, Edgefield, Newberry, Kershaw, Calhoun, Orangeburg, Barnwell, Williamsburg and Horry counties can pick up 5 free meals a week. You can learn more HERE.

Finding Food Resources

With the increase in food insecurity across the nation during the pandemic, there has also been innovation. How do people find available food-focused coronavirus resources if they don’t know where to look? In Charleston County, Lowcountry Food Bank, College of Charleston and the City of Charleston have created an online map to make finding good resources easier. You can find that map HERE. In the upstate, Clemson University has also introduced an interactive map that you can access HERE. Eat Smart Move More has created a state-wide map for food resources. You can view the map HERE. If you know additional food resources that are not listed on this map, you can add them HERE.

Food Insecurity Resources

To help alleviate stress for families and individuals seeking healthy food sources, Eat Smart Move More South Carolina has been working with partners around the state and nation to create a database of food banks, farmers markets, and other foodservice providers the public can access to find healthy food in their county. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with the transmission of COVID-19. Research does show, however, that fresh fruit and vegetables support the immune system, which is something everyone should be concerned about.  Find statewide food insecurity Coronavirus resources HERE.

Free COVID-19 Sanitation Kits

If you or someone in your household lives with a disability and you’ve been affected by COVID-19, you may be able to get a Free COVID-19 Sanitation Kit! Able SC is providing sanitation kits to households in the Midlands and Upstate of South Carolina who meet eligibility requirements. You can learn more and apply HERE.

Healthcare for Military Families during COVID-19

Blue Star Families is hosting a virtual event on May 12 at 3:00 PM. They will be addressing healthcare questions from military families including Coronavirus testing, access to healthcare and more. You can register for this event HERE.

Housing Assistance for Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs can provide emergency assistance to Veterans who are or who are at risk of experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 crisis. This assistance is provided through the CARES Act and funds three critical programs: Supportive Services for Veteran Families, Grant and Per Diem (GPD), and Health Care for Homeless Veterans. You can learn more about these resources HERE.

Keeping Children Healthy

If you’re looking for additional information on keeping children healthy during the pandemic, the CDC has put out a helpful list of tips. While some of the information is what you’ve heard about hand hygiene and social distancing, there are added tips about watching for signs of stress and ways to continue learning. You can view this information HERE.

Mesothelioma & COVID-19

Individuals with mesothelioma could be at risk for complications with Coronavirus. The Mesothelioma Center has a blog with information pertinent to mesothelioma patients and cancer patients. You can find their blog HERE.

Military Caregiver Resources

Are you a caregiver for a Military Member or Veteran? PsychArmor Institute has put together a toolkit of Coronavirus resources for Military caregivers. You can find the toolkit HERE.

New COVID-19 App

Apple has released an app and website that helps answer questions about COVID-19 symptoms. It also provides recommendations from the CDC on the next steps. This app is available for both Apple and Android users, but other individuals can access the same online tool HERE. You can learn more HERE.

Online SNAP Purchases

SNAP beneficiaries will soon be able to use their EBT cards for online purchases of eligible food items. This is one of the many ways SC Department of Social Services is encouraging beneficiaries to continue social distancing practices. Currently, Walmart and Amazon are the only retailers that are authorized for online SNAP purchases in SC. This service is anticipated to begin on July 31, 2020. You can learn more from DSS HERE.

Pandemic EBT Approved

South Carolina has recently been approved to operate Pandemic EBT. It is a supplemental benefit to current SNAP participants and other eligible households to offset the cost of meals usually consumed at school. You can learn more about this benefit HERE. You can also view some Frequently Asked Questions in English HERE and in Spanish HERE.

Slow the Spread SC

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) and the South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA) have joined together for a campaign to slow the spread of COVID-19. Slow the Spread SC has information about COVID-19 myths, ways to stay safe, and more. You can view the campaign website HERE.

SC Department of Health and Human Services

On March 17, SC DHHS announced policy changes related to Coronavirus. These changes will help cover testing and patient costs, allow prescription drugs to be refilled early, allow telehealth visits, and more. Learn more about these specific policy changes HERE. This page continues to be updated to include information about Early Intervention Telehealth Guidance, Free COVID-19 Testing Site information and more. SC DHHS has also posted a list of Frequently Asked Questions related to COVID-19 that cover behavioral health, telehealth and more. You can find the FAQ list HERE.

SC Department of Social Services

On April 30, SC DSS released a message about their services during the Coronavirus pandemic. The message provides information about their services for older youth in foster care, additional SNAP provisions, help for foster care providers, child care vouchers for essential workers and more. You can view this message HERE.

Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program

SC Department of Social Services announced that the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program has returned this year. Applicants must apply online this year. SFMNP provides senior adults aged 60 and older with additional benefits to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at authorized Farmer’s Markets. You can learn more about this program and apply HERE.

SNAP and Food Shopping During COVID-19

Interested in the data of how COVID-19 has affected SNAP beneficiaries’ food shopping? Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University has created an interactive map with information including SNAP distribution days and online purchasing pilot states. Check out this interactive tool HERE.

Stretch Your Food Budget

Are you looking for ways to stretch your grocery budget? Foodshare provides weekly fresh food boxes at a low cost in at least six counties. Payment is required for boxes, but SNAP is accepted. You can learn more and order a box HERE.

Supporting Rural Veterans & Caregivers during COVID-19

Even under the best of circumstances, veteran families in rural areas often encounter challenges in accessing care and finding primary care providers. This webinar from the Elizabeth Dole Foundation shares resources available in rural communities for Veterans and their caregivers. You can watch the recorded webinar HERE.

Telehealth & COVID-19 Webinar

Join the National Association of Counties for a webinar on Thursday, July 16 on the importance of digital platforms for access to health care services. This webinar will discuss new regulatory flexibilities, how they are being implemented to improve access for underserved communities and what opportunities exist to integrate digital platforms long term into the Medicaid system. You can register for the webinar HERE.

Telehealth: What You Need to Know

Wishing you knew a little more about telehealth services before you need to use them? The Department of Health and Human Services has created a webpage for patients and providers to learn more about telehealth. You can find that page HERE.

Testing Reimbursement for Uninsured South Carolinians

Uninsured South Carolina residents may be eligible for the COVID-19 limited benefit coverage from Healthy Connections Medicaid. You can learn more about the benefit HERE. The application can be found HERE. This application is a .pdf that can be downloaded and submitted via mail (SCDHHS – Central Mail, PO Box 100101 Columbia, SC 29202), fax (888.820.1204), or email (8888201204@fax.scdhhs.gov).

Understanding the Health Inequities of COVID-19

The Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, July 14 about Understanding the Health Inequities of COVID-19. Learn from Dr. Eghtedary and Dr. Bell of DHEC before an opportunity for questions and discussion. You can register HERE.

Use Telehealth Options

If you think you have contracted Coronavirus, call your doctor to see what steps their office would like you to take. If you do not have a primary care provider or a telehealth option, several health systems has added COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, to the list of conditions you can be screened for through Virtual Care. Anyone in South Carolina who has COVID-19-like symptoms can use the online system for free by using the promo code COVID19 through MUSC Health Virtual Care, McLeod Telehealth, Prisma Health Virtual Visit and Roper St. Francis Healthcare Virtual Care. Access free telehealth public options HERE.

What if I Lost My Job & My Health Insurance?

If you have lost your job and in turn your healthcare coverage, you may be wondering what to do next. BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina has written a blog about coverage options for people living in South Carolina that you can read HERE. You can also apply for Medicaid over the phone by calling SC Thrive at 800.726.8774 Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

WIC Services Updates

As of April 13, SC DHEC will offer WIC nutrition services over the phone. Food shortages have also expanded options in several different food categories for WIC beneficiaries that you can learn about HERE. You can apply for WIC through SC DHEC at 1.855.472.3432 and you can learn more HERE.

Mental Health:

Addressing Trauma with Children

Whether from the COVID-19 pandemic or community unrest from racial injustice, primary and secondary trauma can affect the mental health of our children. Mental Health America has published THIS ARTICLE about secondary trauma from COVID-19. The Child Mind Institute recently held a Facebook Live discussing how to help children handle racism and violence. You can watch the recording HERE.  The National Child Traumatic Stress Network also has many resources on child and youth trauma covering several trauma types. These resources are also available in several languages. You can find all their resources HERE.

Child Mental Health & Coronavirus

If you are a parent, there are Coronavirus resources available to help you talk to your kids during this time. Manuela Molina has written THIS BOOK to help support and reassure children under 7 regarding COVID-19. COVIBOOK is available in English, Spanish and 20 other languages. SAMHSA has also put together a downloadable fact sheet for helping children manage their stress during the outbreak. You can find that fact sheet HERE. This resource from SAMHSA covers children from 0-19 years old. Child Mind Institute has also written THIS ARTICLE about nurturing and protecting children at home during the Coronavirus crisis.

Complex Trauma: The Connection Between COVID-19 and Social Unrest

Join experts from the National Council for Behavioral Health and Michigan’s Region V Public Health Training Center for a virtual workshop on the connection between mental health, COVID-19 and social unrest. There are two upcoming sessions: July 13 REGISTER HERE and August 5 REGISTER HERE.

Coping Strategies for COVID-19

Michigan’s Region V Public Health Training Center has created a resource for Coping Strategies during COVID-19. This resource has information on stress-relief, public health responder care, working from home and more! You can find this resource HERE.

Coping with Stress during the COVID-19 Pandemic

How you respond to stress during the COVID-19 pandemic can depend on your background, your social support from family or friends, and many other factors. This Center for Disease Control (CDC) report offers in-depth guidance and resources for those dealing with stress or other mental health concerns. You can read the report HERE.

Coronavirus & Mental Health

Coronavirus and the pandemic in our world can put a strain on our mental health as well as the threat to our physical health. Mental Health First Aid has a host of Coronavirus resources and blogs available that address mental health. You can access them HERE.

COVID-19 and Latino Mental Health

The National Hispanic Medical Association is hosting a webinar on COVID-19 and Latino Mental Health on June 24 at 7:00 PM. The webinar will be recorded and available afterward. You can learn more and register HERE.

COVID Coach

COVID Coach is a free mental health app developed by the VA for everyone, including Veterans and Service Members. The app helps with coping, self-care, personal goals and support. It’s not a replacement for professional care but can help as an additional tool. You can learn more about the app HERE.

Decreasing Coronavirus Anxiety

The Coronavirus pandemic has increased stress and anxiety in people throughout the world. Mental Health America is offering a webinar on Tuesday, June 30 at 2:00 PM with their top tips to decrease Coronavirus anxiety and improve emotional wellbeing. You can register for the hour-long webinar HERE.

Healthcare Worker Mental Health

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, our healthcare workers are at a higher risk than usual to burnout and overwhelm. Mental Health America hosted a webinar on August 11 that discussed the new and existing wellness challenges for healthcare workers including ways to build resilience, signs of stress at work, and evidence-based recommendations for leaders. There was no recording of the webinar due to technical difficulties, but you can learn more and view the slides HERE.

Helping Teens Cope during the Pandemic

How are your teens coping during COVID-19? If they are struggling, or even if they’re doing well, it’s important to talk to teens about their mental health and provide coping strategies for them during this time. Mental Health First Aid has created a list of self-care strategies for teens that is helpful during the pandemic and afterward. You can view the blog HERE.

Mental Health at Work

With the stress of COVID-19, additional financial tension, major lifestyle changes and more, the mental health of you and your employees may be strained. Do you know what to do at work when someone is struggling with their mental health? Mental Health First Aid has some resources for employers and employees. You can find several recorded webinars about workplace mental health HERE. You can find an e-book of mental health resources for the workplace HERE.

Mental Health Barriers During Disasters

Richland County’s Office of Small Business Opportunity is hosting a webinar on June 25 to discuss eliminating mental health barriers during a disaster. The webinar will be held via Zoom at 10:00 AM. You can register for the event HERE.

Mental Health Coping Strategies during Coronavirus

Coronavirus can affect everyone’s mental health, but it can be especially difficult for those of us already suffering from mental health issues. Learn about some of NAMI’s suggestions for coping with mental health during this pandemic HERE.

Mental Health for Farmers

The COVID-19 pandemic has created issues for farmers, both with their livelihoods and their mental health. Like many groups of people, farmers are under intense stress while they navigate the changes that Coronavirus has brought into their lives. You can read the article HERE.

Mental Health Resources for African Americans

Social distancing measures, the stress of the pandemic, and recent social trauma have added additional strain on the mental health of African Americans. The National Alliance on Mental Illness has information available specifically about African American mental health including tips on finding the right provider and an extensive list of resources. You can find NAMI’s page HERE.  Find a list of 44 Mental Health Resources for African Americans featuring people to follow on social media, organizations to support, and directories for finding an African American (or allied) therapist HERE. Health.com has also published an article on the effect of racism on mental health and overall wellbeing that can be found HERE.

Mental Health Resources for Healthcare Professionals

The American Psychiatric Association has compiled resources that address the mental health and psycho-social issues and responses of the pandemic. Resources are available for providers, families and healthcare leaders. You can find these resources HERE. The American Medical Association has also published a blog about managing mental health that you can read HERE.

The National Council for Behavioral Health

The National Council for Behavioral Health has a list of Coronavirus resources that relate to behavioral health and more. Resources include information on HIPAA, telehealth, employers, personal mental health and more. You can find these resources for businesses and individuals HERE.

Parent, Child, Pregancy & Provider Mental Health Resources

Strong emotions of fear and anxiety can be overwhelming in adults and children right now. Information provided by Zero to Thrive provides resources for families, perinatal women, and professionals during the Coronavirus outbreak. You can learn more HERE.

Quarantine Self-Care

Join us on social media each day to see a new idea or resource for your self-care during this tumultuous time. We are sharing everything from shared Netflix viewing options to virtual tours of museums and aquariums. Big lifestyle changes from social distancing and stress from worldwide events can put a strain on your mental health; don’t forget to take time to care for yourself. We are also sharing more Coronavirus resources you may need!

Remote Infant Mental Health

Are you trying to navigate telehealth for infant mental health? A collaboration of organizations has developed THIS RESOURCE to help you adapt to remote services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Self-Care During a Crisis

Are you taking care of your mental health during the pandemic? Patrick Jinks of The Jinks Perspective talked with Dr. Tom Klaus of Tenacious Change, LLC about what self-care may look like for leaders during this crisis. View the conversation HERE.

Self-Care for Essential Workers

Our essential workers are facing burnout, exhaustion and fear as they come to work every day. In this article from Mental Health First Aid, you can learn self-care strategies for protecting yourself from the mental and emotional impact of COVID-19 trauma. There are also resources on how to support others who are having difficulty navigating the pandemic. You can access the article HERE.

Senior Mental Health

13.8 percent of U.S. adults aged 50 and older live with a mental, behavioral or emotional disorder, according to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Caretakers and professionals can find advice to aid in understanding the mental health of our senior population HERE.

Student Counseling Resources

College students who are finishing up their semesters from home may still have access to counseling and psychiatric services through their school counseling centers. Students who need mental health or psychiatric support during this time should check with their school to see if those services are available while the school campuses are closed. If their school is not offering telehealth options for mental health services, check out THIS LIST of telehealth options.

Tips for Coronavirus Anxiety

If you, like many others, are experiencing heightened anxiety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, National Public Radio has a list of steps to take to decrease your stress levels. You can find these tips HERE.

Tips for Overcoming Mental Exhaustion

If you are feeling overwhelmed or emotionally drained right now, you are not alone. During chaos and heightened stress, we must learn signs of mental fatigue and steps we can take to make sure it doesn’t evolve into a mental health crisis. US News recently put out an article featuring tips for overcoming mental exhaustion. You can read the article HERE.

Veterans & the Coronavirus Outbreak

Our Veterans, especially those experiencing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, may find it incredibly difficult to manage the stress associated with the Coronavirus outbreak. The National Center for PTSD has put together THIS PAGE to help Veterans cope with the stress of COVID-19.

Financial Health:

5 Financial Tips for the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 has created a lot of financial uncertainty for people. In a blog by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, you can find helpful tips for building a successful financial plan, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read the blog HERE.

Alternate Ways to Make Money

Looking for alternate ways to pay the bills during the pandemic? Money Management International has a list of ways to earn extra income during the crisis. Learn more HERE.

Child Care Vouchers for Essential Workers

Essential workers may be eligible for child care vouchers during the COVID-19 crisis. This assistance is for workers who are essential to COVID-19 emergency response such as grocery store employees, healthcare workers, childcare workers, emergency responders, and more. You can find more information about who is eligible and how to apply for the vouchers HERE. The voucher application period ended on May 8, 2020. You can learn more HERE.

COVID-19 & Your Next Tax Return

Are you wondering how Coronavirus may be impacting your next tax return? Whether you’re working from home, collecting unemployment or taking on contract work, there may be some changes to your taxes next year. Read THIS BLOG from Money Management International to learn more.

Economic Impact Payment Card

Millions of Americans will now receive their stimulus payment in the form of a prepaid debit card instead of a check. The cards arrive in a plain envelope from Money Network Cardholder Services and are legitimate. You can learn more about the cards at IRS.gov HERE or at EIPcard.com HERE.

Economic Impact Payments for Social Security Beneficiaries

If you receive Social Security benefits and have a representative payee, you may have questions regarding your Economic Impact Payment or stimulus check. SSI beneficiaries with representative payees who have not filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return may have had their stimulus money sent to their representative payee. You can find more details and information from the Social Security Administration HERE.

Eviction Suspension Relief

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced on March 23, 2020 eviction suspension programs to keep renters in their homes during this difficult time. The program will provide mortgage forbearance for property owners who suspend evictions for renters unable to pay rent due to impacts of Coronavirus. You can learn more about this program HERE. The South Carolina Supreme Court also announced evictions and foreclosures until May 1. You can learn more from SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center HERE under Housing Protections.

Expanded Unemployment Benefits

Did you know that Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) from the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) expands unemployment benefits to several types of self-employed workers? Learn more from the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce HERE.

Find Your Stimulus Payment

NEW: Are you someone who doesn’t file taxes looking for more information on how to submit your information for the Economic Impact Payment before the October 15 deadline? Check out THIS VIDEO. Want to see how much the stimulus will put in your pocket? Use a stimulus calculator to find out HERE! The IRS has begun distributing economic impact payments and has launched a new tool soon to help you track the status of your payment. You will need your Social Security number, date of birth and the address on your last tax return. Only enter this information in the official IRS Get My Payment portal. You can learn more HERE.

Get Your Stimulus Check

Looking for more information about your economic impact payment? You aren’t alone. While the IRS says there’s no action needed for most, there is action needed for some.  If you haven’t filed a tax return for the tax year 2018 or 2019, the IRS has developed an online form through Free File Fillable Forms that you can find and learn more about HERE. If you have already filed your taxes for 2018 or 2019 or if you receive Social Security retirement, survivors, Social Security Disability Insurance, or Railroad Retirement benefits, you will receive the payment automatically.  If you need to file a tax return, you can file for free at scthrive.org/filetaxes/.

Get Your Stimulus Money ASAP

Still looking for your stimulus check? Money Management International has written a blog to help you locate it! You can read the blog HERE.

IRS Urges Electronic Filing

Even though the filing deadline has been pushed to July 15, many people are taking time during social distancing to file their taxes and get their refunds while they may be furloughed or laid off. The IRS has announced that they are not currently processing paper returns and that taxpayers should file electronically. To e-file, you will need last year’s PIN or Adjusted Gross Income (AGI). If you don’t have access to this information, you can request your tax transcript online HERE. You can e-file your taxes for free through SC Thrive HERE. You can learn more from the IRS HERE.

Online Tax Filing

Practicing social distancing, but haven’t filed your taxes yet? With SC Thrive, you can file state and federal taxes absolutely free if your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is less than $65,000 ($95,000 if your filing status is married filing jointly). We opened up the option for our neighbors from North Carolina to file with us as well. You can file your own taxes now at scthrive.org/filetaxes.

Paid Sick Leave

On March 24, 2020, The US Department of Labor announced information about how the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will offer relief to families starting on April 1, 2020. Under the FFCRA, employees of businesses with 500 or fewer employees qualify for paid sick time if they are unable to work, or to telework, due to COVID-19. This can cover employees being sick themselves or needing to take care of someone who is sick. Employees and Employers can learn more HERE.

Protect Your Finances

If you’re looking for ways to pay your bills or stay on top of your debt, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has many resources about protecting your finances during the pandemic.  There are tools to help when you can’t pay bills, tips for online banking, help for servicemembers and more. Find these financial coronavirus resources HERE.

Protect Yourself from Coronavirus Scammers

While navigating the changes Coronavirus has brought to the world, be on the lookout for possible scams from people taking advantage of the situation. Agencies such as SC DSS and USDA, for example, will not request your bank information over the phone to reimburse purchases. Learn more about protecting yourself from scams during this pandemic HERE.

Quarantine Budget Hacks

Eating more meals at home or using more electricity than usual may have changed some of your budgets. Check out some helpful budget tips for keeping balance in your budget during the pandemic HERE.

Quarantine Staycation Ideas

If you’ve had to change summer vacation plans due to COVID-19 or financial strain, check out this blog on how to make a quarantine staycation fun for you and your family. Get your ideas HERE.

Resources for Jobseekers

If you’re looking for a job, Richland Library has put together a list of companies currently hiring. Some of these companies are in the Midlands, but others are available statewide. There is also information about earning extra income, job search tips, and more. You can access the resources HERE. If you need help finding a job, but prefer communicating in Spanish, contact Mayte Velasco Nicolas at mnicolas@richlandlibrary.com.  Goodwill Job Connection Centers across the state are also reopening or helping individuals find work virtually. You can learn more from Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina HERE and Palmetto Goodwill HERE. If you have been laid-off from work, you may have time to take courses to gain certification in various professional areas and
Palmetto Goodwill has funding that could pay your tuition. Available classes and certifications include; Commercial Driver’s License, Medical Billing and Coding, Medical Office Manager, Certified Personal Trainer, Clinical Dental Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, HVACR Certified Technician, Chartered Tax Professional, Email Marketing Associate, Social Media Associate, Certified Welding Planner, Welding and more. For more information, call the Palmetto Goodwill:
Myrtle Beach – 843-918-1062.
North Myrtle Beach – 843-353-3595
Carolina Forest – 843-790-9461

Save on Energy Costs

Dominion Energy has provided some helpful tips to individuals who wish to save money on their electricity bills during the pandemic. If you’re working from home or if you’re just trying to keep your costs down, take a look at their suggestions HERE.

Shopping Smart During the Pandemic

If you, like millions of Americans, are looking for new ways to stretch your grocery budget during the pandemic, Money Management International has some helpful tips. You can read their latest blog about shopping smart HERE.

SC Department of Employment and Workforce

Have employment questions regarding Coronavirus? SC DEW has information about their SC Works Centers and Unemployment Benefits HERE. You can call SC DEW and apply for unemployment benefits over the phone at 866.831.1724 Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. SC DEW has also released FAQ guides to Unemployment Insurance and COVID-19 which you can find HERE and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance which you can find HERE.

Spending Your Stimulus Check

The IRS has begun sending out stimulus payments and you may be wondering how to spend your check. Whether you’ve been furloughed, sent to work from home, or working normally aside from social distancing measures, Money Management International has some great tips for spending, or saving, your stimulus payment. You can find their blog HERE.

Stimulus Payments for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

Individuals experiencing homelessness may still be eligible for Economic Impact Payments. Those who wish to claim the payment can do so HERE. You can learn more about what is needed to claim this payment HERE.

Stimulus Payments for Non-Tax Filers

If you didn’t file your 2018 or 2019 taxes, you may still be wondering how to receive your Economic Impact Payment. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has created a video to help you understand your next steps. You can view the video and additional resources HERE.

Student Loan Garnishment Relief

The Department of Education announced that they will stop collection actions and wage garnishments due to the COVID-19 national emergency. This flexibility will last at least 60 days from March 13, 2020. Private collection agencies have also been instructed to stop collection actions for the time being. You can learn more about student loan collections changes HERE.

Tax Filing Deadline Extended

The tax filing deadline is this Wednesday, July 15. The IRS and SC Department of Revenue have extended the federal and state tax filing deadline to July 15 in light of Coronavirus. If you need to file your taxes, you can file online for free at scthrive.org/filetaxes from the comfort of your own home.

Unemployment for Furloughed Employees

Governor McMaster has issued an executive order allowing furloughed employees to receive unemployment benefits while also receiving support payments from employers.  You can read more HERE from the SC Chamber of Commerce or HERE from WIS.

Resources for Learning

Countdown to Kindergarten

EdVenture Children’s Museum and its partners are inviting all South Carolina rising kindergartners and their families to the seventeenth annual Countdown to Kindergarten. This virtual event includes a series of online gatherings where families can meet with various partners to answer questions and identify resources. EdVenture’s website will include tips from education leaders and several “welcome to kindergarten” messages, including one from Governor Henry McMaster. You can learn more and register HERE.

Distance Learning Advice

With distance learning being new to most parents, One Schoolhouse has put together some tips for parents, teachers and administrators for navigating the Coronavirus pandemic. You can find those distance learning tips HERE.

Free Digital Skills Training

Google is offering free training, tools and events to help people and businesses grow through Grow with Google. Resources are available for local businesses, educators, students, job seekers, veterans, military families, developers and startups. You can find these resources HERE.

Free Virtual Instruction Training for Teachers and Principals

As the fall 2020 semester rapidly goes underway, educators are strongly encouraged to participate in ongoing training. The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) announced a new option for education professionals to receive free online training that will equip them to provide effective virtual instruction. Learn more about the program and enroll in upcoming sessions HERE.

Homework Help

With the announcement of schools across South Carolina remaining closed through April 30, you may have questions about your child’s homework. The South Carolina State Library is offering tutors.com services through their virtual library for free to South Carolina students. You can access this free tutoring service or learn more HERE.

Inmates to Entrepreneurs

If you or someone you know has a criminal background and is interested in starting a business, there is a free class available from Inmates to Entrepreneurs. This is an 8-week course that is offered virtually for no charge. You can learn more and register HERE.

Resources for Parents & Teachers

The South Carolina Center for Community and Literacy has published resources for parents and teachers while staying at home. You can find resources for learning at home, virtual field trips, games and activities, mental health and more! You can find the SCCCL’s resource page HERE.  

SC School Reopening Plans

Are you searching for information about the Back-to-School Plans in your community? The SC Department of Education has created a list of each school district’s reopening plans. You can view the list HERE.

School Lunches

Districts across the state want to make sure students who need food have access to healthy meals. SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center has put together information about current meal distributions plans across the state in both English and Spanish. Find your district’s meal distribution plan HERE.

Social-Emotional Learning Portal

Understanding the emotional needs of students is important now more than ever as children start school. In this article, the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) explores the importance of this New Social-Emotional Learning portal. Discover tools for parents, teachers, students and support professionals HERE.

Student Internet Access

Students (K-12 and/or college students) who are currently without internet access are being offered free internet access for 60 days through Spectrum. To enroll call 1.844.488.8395 or learn more HERE.

VirtualSC

Looking for ways to keep kids engaged in learning at home? VirtualSC, a program of the SC Department of Education, has resources for students, parents, teachers and more. You can find their video portal and additional resources HERE.

Resources for Business & Organizations

2020 Community Resiliency Fund

The South Carolina Service Commission has announced a new funding opportunity called the 2020 Community Resiliency Fund. This financial support will offer up to $10,000 for organizations responding to COVID-19. You can learn more and apply HERE.

AARP South Carolina Town Hall

AARP South Carolina hosted a Tele-Town Hall on April 1 to discuss the recent stimulus bill and issues regarding COVID-19. If you missed the call, you can find the recorded version HERE.

Addressing Health Disparities During a Pandemic

The Pee Dee Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC) is hosting a webinar on July 13 about health disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic. This 1-hour webinar will discuss African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans, as well as persons with disabilities, are overrepresented among COVID-19 cases. You can register HERE and find many other upcoming events HERE.

Become an SC DEW Connection Point

Join the United Way Association of South Carolina and Together SC to discuss ways that nonprofits can assist clients to file for unemployment benefits. Learn what the SC Department of Education and Workforce asks of their Connection Points and how you can help! You can learn more and register HERE.

Blackbaud Resources

Blackbaud has compiled a webpage to help nonprofit organizations through the COVID19 pandemic. This page lists webinars, blogs, tips and more for fundraising, working from home, leading in uncertainty, and much more. You can find that list of resources HERE.

Bloomerang Webinar Series

These free, educational webinars are highly recommended for any nonprofit staff and open to the public. The webinar content is routinely updated with resources that can help organizations navigate through these uncertain times including fundraising and marketing resources. Click HERE to explore upcoming topics and register for upcoming sessions.

Build Back Better

This video discusses how the approach and principles of collective impact can be applied to support emergency response and reconstructing systems during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Lauren Smith, Co-CEO of FSG, explains “building back better” to create communities that are more resilient, and successful. You can watch the video HERE.

Business Continuity Webinar

If you or your organization need to create a business continuity plan, Paycor is hosting a webinar on Thursday, April 23 to help. Learn more and register HERE.

CDC Communication

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to put our new information and communication tools for individuals and businesses to use during the crisis. Find audiovisual resources, guidance for serving specific communities and coronavirus resources in multiple languages HERE. Full pages of information are available in other languages like Spanish HERE and Simplified Chinese HERE. There are also videos available in American Sign Language that can be viewed HERE.

CDC Communication Toolkits

NEW: The following new toolkits have been added: Tribal Communities, Correctional and Detention Facilities and People Experiencing Homelessness. Are you looking for Coronavirus resources that will help you communicate with specific audiences? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has many communication toolkits available online. There are toolkits for communicating with young adults, workers, people with disabilities, travelers and more. You can access each toolkit HERE.

CDC Social Media Toolkit

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a Social Media Toolkit to help support efforts in responding to the pandemic. You can view the toolkit in English HERE and in Spanish HERE.

Childcare & COVID-19 Relief

Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), provisions have been made to keep childcare providers in business. Learn more about how the stimulus package helps childcare workers HERE.

CMS Stakeholder Engagement Calls

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is offering Office Hours Calls to allow hospitals, health systems and providers the ability to ask questions regarding COVID-19 actions. You can find more information about the engagement calls HERE. This link is updated with information about upcoming calls regularly.

Collaborating during COVID-19

Listen to a roundtable discussion from the Collective Impact Forum about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected collaborative work. The available resources from the discussion include a Community Engagement Toolkit, a triage tool for Reimagining Strategy and more. You can find the podcast and resources HERE.

Communicating during COVID-19

If you’re interested in communication during the Coronavirus pandemic, Upstate International has recently shared a recorded webinar titled Spread the Word, not the Virus; Communication in the Time of COVID-19. This webinar discusses communicating in ways that people process it well during a crisis. You can view the webinar HERE.

Contact Tracing

Do you have questions about contact tracing? SC DHEC has released information about what contact tracing is, how it works, and why it’s important. You can view this information HERE. The CDC also has information and resources regarding contact tracing that you can find HERE. This Coronavirus resource includes principles of contact tracing, a communications toolkit, and training for state and local public health jurisdictions.

Coronavirus Outbreak Data

Interested in the data behind the COVID-19 outbreak for a grant or research project? SC Office for Healthcare Workforce has data on the healthcare workforce addressing the pandemic that you can find HERE. Tableau has published a data hub with data and visualizations relating to COVID-19 that you can find HERE. Datawrapper has also published a blog with live visualizations of data sets that you can find HERE. Research-based informative articles from the Kaiser Family Foundation about Coronavirus policies are available HERE. Emory University has recently made a COVID-19 Health Equity Dashboard available. This interactive tool can be found HERE.

Coronavirus Resources for Businesses

ERG has made a list of Coronavirus resources available for businesses and nonprofits throughout the state. These resources include webinars, FAQs, templates and more. You can find a short interview with their CEO for business leaders HERE and their resource page HERE.

Coronavirus Resources for Rural Providers

The South Carolina Office of Rural Health put together a list resources from global, federal and state agencies that provide guidance for healthcare workers, recommendations for the public, and travel advisories. Find SCORH’s list of Coronavirus resources HERE.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for Nonprofits

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law on Friday, March 27, 2020. National Council of Nonprofits has put together an analysis of what this bill means for nonprofits. Find that analysis HERE.

COVID-19’s Effect on Fundraising

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the way nonprofits fundraise, even medical organizations. In an article for STAT, learn more about how medical nonprofits have seen changes in their fundraising through the pandemic. You can read the article HERE.

COVID-19 Scenario Planning

The COVID-19 crisis has created a moment of hyper-uncertainty for social sector organizations. In this report by the Monitor Institute by Deloitte, researchers offer a scenario-based planning guide, especially for philanthropic organizations. Read the report HERE.

Early Childhood Professionals

If you serve infants and toddlers, Zero to Three has put together a list of Coronavirus Resources to help you serve children and families during the pandemic. You can find resources for professional development, self-care and connecting to families HERE. The Pennsylvania Key has created a list of Coronavirus resources for early childhood professionals on its website. While some resources are Pennsylvania-specific, other resources are applicable nationwide. You can find those resources HERE.

EIP Non-Filer Toolkit

The IRS has recently published a toolkit to help reach people who are eligible for an Economic Impact Payment but don’t usually file a tax return. This toolkit has resources specific to individuals experiencing homelessness and non-English speaking populations, downloadable social media graphics and content, flyers, and more. You can access this toolkit HERE.

Employers & COVID-19 Legal Resources

Are you an employer wondering about the legal implications of the pandemic and recent coronavirus legislation? Burr & Forman, LLC has put together a Coronavirus Resource Center with articles, webinars, and more to help businesses navigate the pandemic. Find their Coronavirus Resource Center HERE.

Ethical Dilemmas of COVID-19 Webinar

South Carolina’s Upstate AHEC is hosting a webinar on August 7 about the ethical dilemmas of COVID-19. This webinar is meant to discuss navigating difficult choices for healthcare workers during the pandemic. The event is free to attend does provide CEUs. You can learn more and register HERE.

Event Planning during COVID-19

If you are currently considering planning an event or reconsidering a previously planned event, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a Q&A list for event planners and individuals with details regarding COVID-19. This resource includes recommendations, things to consider, and steps to take if there is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 at an event. You can view this resource HERE.

Experiences of Community Health Centers in Expanding Telemedicine

The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly forcing health centers to expand telemedicine, the provision of health care services at a distance through technology, efforts all over the country. Explore recommendations for health centers and policymakers to support telemedicine implementation in a study by RAND Health. You can find the study HERE.

FEMA Public Assistance

On March 13, President Trump declared the Coronavirus pandemic an emergency declaration. This declaration allows for state, territorial, tribal and local government entities and certain private non-profit organizations to be eligible to apply for Public Assistance. You can learn more about the FEMA Public Assistance program HERE.

Focus on Growth: Re-setting Your Strategic Plan for Recovery and Resilience

The Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina is hosting a webinar on August 11 about re-setting your strategic plan during the COVID-19 pandemic. This event can help you modify a plan you already have or develop a new one. You can learn more and register HERE.

Fundraising Resources

For some nonprofit organizations, the pandemic has increased operations or the need for fundraising. The Giving Institute has compiled a resource page full of fundraising resources specifically related to COVID-19 and the changes to the philanthropic landscape. You can view these resources HERE.

Guidance for Communities of Faith

The CDC has released interim guidance for communities of faith while they plan for reopening. This includes information on keeping staff and congregants safe, healthy hygiene practices, planning for exposure, and more. You can view the guidance HERE.

Help for Nonprofits

Wondering how recent legislation related to Coronavirus will affect your nonprofit? According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, there are effects on charitable deductions for taxpayers, eligibility for federal loans and tax incentives for corporate giving. Read the article HERE.

Hire Me SC

Hire Me SC, powered by Able SC and the South Carolina Disability Employment Coalition, has compiled a list of Coronavirus resources for employers. This list of resources touches on everything from tips on managing remotely to resources on flexibility and accessibility for people with disabilities who are working remotely. You can view these resources HERE.

How Counties are Investing CARES Act Dollars in Social Safety Net Services

The National Association of Counties is hosting a webinar on August 19 about how counties are investing funds from the CARES Act into Safety Net Services, including child care, nutrition and senior adult services. You can learn more and register HERE.

Integrated Data During a Crisis

Connecting data between sources has been crucial to understanding service needs, especially during the pandemic. Read more from Child Trends about how integrated data can help in early childhood HERE. Download a data integration toolkit highlighting racial equity from The Annie E. Casey Foundation HERE.

Leading a Remote Team

Are you planning for your organization or business’s long-term remote or semi-remote work? ERG Payroll & HR has published a video with helpful HR tips to hiring remotely, working remotely and even performing reviews with employees who are working remotely. You can watch the video HERE.

Leading through Crisis

“COVID-19 has thrown nonprofit leaders and those who support them into an unknown land without a map or a script to follow.” If you’re feeling the heaviness of the pandemic weighing on you or your organization, The Jinks Perspective has an encouraging set of articles and videos providing a framework for nonprofits during trying times. You can find that list of resources HERE.

Managing Financial Operations During COVID-19

The National Association of Community Health Centers has released a series of podcasts about managing financial operations during COVID-19 response and recovery. These podcasts were created specifically for health centers but have important information for many organizations and businesses. Topics covered include staffing, legislation, PPP loans, grants management and more. You can listen to the podcasts HERE.

Mental and Behavioral Health Care Providers Webinar

Palmetto Care Connections is offering monthly webinars about telehealth topics in South Carolina. This month, they’re focusing on the COVID-19 telehealth response from mental and behavioral health care providers. This webinar is scheduled for May 13 at 11:00 AM. You can find that webinar and their past archives HERE.

Moving from Physical to Virtual Fundraising Events

Are you looking at how to turn your physical fundraising event into virtual events as we continue to navigate the pandemic? CharityDynamics is hosting a webinar on August 11 that features panelists from the nonprofit sector who will share the lessons they’ve learned during this time. You can learn more and register HERE.

New Executive Orders

Looking for information about the Executive Orders signed on August 8? They involve payroll taxes, unemployment benefits, evictions and student debt. You can find information about each of these orders HERE.

Nonprofit Coronavirus Resouces

There are many resources for nonprofits during this unprecedented time. TogetherSC has put together a page of nonprofit Coronavirus resources that you can access HERE. The South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development has put together a page of resources for businesses and nonprofits that you can access HERE. Nonprofit leaders from across the country have compiled a list of nonprofit Coronavirus resources found HERE. The National Council of Nonprofits has also put together a list of resources highlighting topics such as caring for our communities and ourselves, resources for funding, keeping equity front and center and more that you can view HERE.

Nonprofit Financial Resilience Training

Network for Good is offering a free training series for nonprofits about financial resilience. This training series includes four virtual workshops over two weeks. You can learn more and register HERE.

One SC Fund: COVID-19 Response

Central Carolina Community Foundation has activated a fund for nonprofits to address gaps in the pandemic response efforts, including support for communities that lack resources or an organized philanthropic response. This fund is a partnership between SC Grantmakers Network, Together SC and the United Way Association of SC. Upcoming application due dates are May 30 and June 30 (tentative). Learn more about how to apply or to donate HERE.

Pandemic Fundraising Strategies

What strategies do you use to successfully fundraise mid-pandemic? While fundraising amid the pandemic may seem like a daunting task, there are strategies you can implement that will increase your chances of success. Discover fundraising tips from experts through THIS report.

The PPP and Preparing for an Audit

The Paycheck Protection Program has offered security to many during the Coronavirus pandemic, but how do you prepare for an audit? Venable, LLC provided information about what you need to do to prepare for an audit. You can view the recorded webinar HERE.

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility

On June 4, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act was signed into law. This act provides increased flexibility and benefits to businesses participating in the PPP. You can learn more about the act and its benefits from Venable LLP HERE. The Small Business Administration and the Department of Treasury have provided additional loan forgiveness application options and eligibility information. You can read more from Venable LLP HERE. On July 6, 2020, an amendment was added to the CARES Act that extended the loan application period of the PPP through August 8, 2020. You can see the notice HERE and learn more HERE.

PPP Loan Forgiveness

The Small Business Administration released the forgiveness application for the Paycheck Protection Program on May 15. If you’re looking for more information about loan forgiveness for the PPP, there are many resources available. Venable LLP has written information about the Loan Forgiveness Application HERE and the Loan Forgiveness Requirements HERE. Together SC has also provided information about the loan forgiveness process for nonprofits that you can find HERE. Information about loan forgiveness from the Small Business Administration and the Department of the Treasury can be found HERE. ERG has created a webinar on PPP Loan Forgiveness. You can view the recorded webinar HERE.

Population Health Summit

The Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina is hosting their 5th Annual Population Health Summit on August 26. This summit brings community-based leaders and organizations together to foster community health improvement efforts through a collaborative learning experience. You can register and learn more HERE.

Providing a Pandemic Safety Net, Nonprofits Need their Own

“Covid-19 has driven the United States economy into a sudden and deep recession, hitting local businesses as well as multibillion-dollar corporations. Less noticed has been the immense toll on the nonprofit groups that Americans rely on for social services, medical care and spiritual needs.” Learn more about the effects of COVID-19 on nonprofits from The New York Times HERE.

Reception Barriers

Are you planning or preparing your business or organization to return to work? If you are interested in protective barriers for your reception area, Colite is offering a 20% discount to SC Thrive partners. You can learn more about this offer HERE.

Resources for Early Childhood Professionals

If you are an early childhood professional, you may find the Institute for Childhood Preparedness’ Coronavirus resources page helpful! They have information about operational guidance, talking with children about Coronavirus, tips from teachers and more. You can find these early childhood resources HERE.

Resource Grant Opportunity

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. a Centene Corporation, has released its 2020 Community Connections Resource Grant in South Carolina.  The goal is to identify organizations that have creative, innovative, local solutions that address social service barriers impacting vulnerable populations due to COVID-19 The application period will close on May 5th  at 11:59 PM. Email SM_SCComConnect@wellcare.com for the application and more information.

Rethinking Social Change

The developing crisis has altered the world and our normal lives, but how is it affecting social change? Check out thoughts about social change from Stanford Social Innovation Review HERE, information about health equity from Social Interventions Research & Evaluation Network HERE and resources from the Rural Health Information Hub HERE.

Returning to Work Resources

Is your business or organization looking to create a plan for your staff to return to work? ERG has created some resources to help you create a plan to keep your employees and volunteers safe and healthy. You can find their helpful tips HERE and their Return to Work Checklist HERE. The CDC has released guidance for cleaning and disinfecting businesses before they reopen. This guide can help you create and implement a plan to keep your organization clean to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. You can view guidance from the CDC HERE. Venable LLP has created a list of videos covering everything from OSHA to employee benefits relating to returning to work. You can view those videos HERE. The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce hosted a webinar about workplace safety reopening guides for South Carolina employers. You can view the webinar recording HERE. Together SC has compiled a list of resources for nonprofits who are planning their reopenings. You can view that page HERE. The CDC has released additional resources for reopening including considerations for summer camps, schools, youth sports organizations and more that can be found HERE.

Rural Health & COVID-19

On May 12, Rural Health Information Hub is hosting a webinar about rural health and COVID-19. It will cover rural efforts and specific tools and resources to help combat COVID-19. You can access the webinar HERE. Kaiser Family Foundation has published data in an article about the pandemic in rural America. You can view that article HERE. Social distancing has also taken a hard toll on our social, rural communities. This has been especially hard on those experiencing mental illnesses. You can read about the toll of social distancing on rural communities HERE.  

Rural Health Innovation during COVID-19

Rural communities and health organizations face multiple challenges regularly but have faced special hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. They also have a unique way of adapting and innovating. Learn more from Georgia State University about how the innovation found in specific areas of rural health such as Community Health Workers, Data, Telehealth and more. You can find this resource HERE.

SBA Loan Application Guide

Are you apply for a Small Business Administration loan? Together SC has written a blog to help you through the application process for both COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). You can find that blog HERE.

SC Chamber of Commerce

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce has put together a page of for the business community as it relates to Coronavirus resources. If you run a business or organization, you can learn more about business resources HERE.

SC Department of Commerce

If your business needs resources, the SC Department of Commerce is actively supporting the business community and answering non-medical questions related to industry support. You can learn more HERE.

SC DEW Unemployment Process Q&A

The South Carolina Hospital Association is hosting an interactive webinar in partnership with the SC Healthcare Human Resources Association and SC Department of Employment and workforce. This webinar will address CARES Act requirements, addressing potential fraud cases, and navigating the SC DEW process. You can learn more and register HERE.

SC Institute of Medicine & Public Health

Looking for South Carolina-based Coronavirus data? The South Carolina Institute of Medicine & Public Health has a list of state-focused data, including a timeline. You can find this information HERE.

SC DHEC Business Guidance

The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) has a special set of resources for businesses as they respond to COVID-19. You can view the resources HERE. There is also interim guidance for COVID-19 Scenarios for Businesses available in English HERE and Spanish HERE.

Sharing Facts and Debunking Fiction with your partners in Public Health

The Rural Health Association of Tennessee is hosting a webinar on August 12 about sharing factual information regarding COVID-19 and mask-wearing. While some of the information covered is Tennessee-specific, there is still vital information to share about the facts of wearing masks. You can learn more and register HERE.

Small Business (and Nonprofit) Disaster Loans

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to small businesses and nonprofits who have suffered a substantial economic injury due to Coronavirus. You can learn more or apply for these loans HERE.

Small Business Resources

If your business has been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, you may still be looking for resources to help you adapt during this time. Constant Contact has developed a resource page for small businesses and nonprofits to help you respond during the crisis. You can find that page HERE.

Strategic Thinking in Unpredictable Times

It can be difficult for organizations to think strategically for the next 12 months before life returns to normal. Collective Impact Forum has offered a recent blog on scenario thinking for planning during unpredictability. Check out the blog and downloadable tool HERE.

VA Guidance for Community Partners

Do you or your organization serve Veterans? For providers serving Veterans during the Coronavirus pandemic, there is specific information from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Learn more about the guidance HERE.

Virtual Minority Health Symposium

The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) is hosting a virtual symposium on September 17 to highlight state, tribal, territorial and community-based efforts to address COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minority populations. The Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities virtual symposium will feature national, state, tribal and local experts leading these efforts and is developed for public health leaders at all levels and community organizations confronting the pandemic. You can learn more and register HERE.

The Volunteer Generation Fund

The United Way Association of South Carolina has announced an additional funding opportunity, called the Volunteer Generation Fund. This grant opportunity supports several focus areas up to $25,000. Upcoming Technical Assistance Webinars, detailed information, and the online application can be found HERE.

Resources for Our Partners

Contact Center Support

If you are postponing appointments with clients or asking staff to work remotely, your clients can still call our Contact Center to apply for benefits over the phone. Don’t forget that our Contact Center is also the Thrive Hub help desk. Our Contact Center can be reached Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM at 800.726.8774. You can also share these Coronavirus Resources with your clients using THIS FLYER.

Event and Meeting Attendance

Please stay home if you are not feeling well. While we know our training equips people to serve their communities, we welcome you to move your registration to a new date or request a refund on a case-by-case basis. We are also committed to continue offering application assistance over the phone through our Contact Center (800.726.8774) for clients across the state and self-serve tax options online.

Maintaining Healthy Environments

Our rooms and training materials are mandatorily disinfected after each use. This includes markers, computers, toys and name tents. The paper materials given to you to keep have not been handled by other trainees. Our staff and trainers are required to wash their hands before handling these materials and setting up a training. We encourage our staff to wash their hands with soap and warm water as often as possible and avoid touching their faces. We have hand sanitizers available at all our trainings and encourage trainees to wash their hands as necessary throughout the training.
When we return to in-person events, our trainings will be modified by eliminating direct contact or passing items directly between trainees for a time. Also, our trainers will be asked to refrain from extending hands for handshake greetings as people enter and exit our trainings. Let’s exchange smiles, kind words, and elbow bumps instead of handshakes for a season.

Online Meeting Rooms

If you need a way to meet with coworkers, partners or clients electronically, Thrive Hub meeting rooms are available to our trained Thrive Hub Counselors. You can access meeting rooms in the collaborate tab of your personal or organizational workspace. To share the meeting link, send other attendees the URL for your open meeting room. You don’t have to log into Thrive Hub to attend the meeting.
Another option for your organization may be LogMeIn and their entire online platform, including GoToMeeting. LogMeIn is offering free Emergency Remote Work Kits, free of charge, to service providers including municipalities, health care providers, educational institutes and nonprofits. Visit their remote work resource center HERE.

Online Trainings

Though we are postponing our in-person trainings, we do offer some online trainings. Our Benefits Trainings, Financial Health Trainings and Tax Trainings are all available for you to take online. Contact our Training Department to sign up for our online trainings.

Outreach Events

With a push for social distancing, many community events will be postponed or cancelled in the coming weeks. Make sure that you take precautions for your clients and your organizations and follow state and federal protocols for public events. Make sure you are using reputable sources for your information on these protocols, such as the CDC, SC DHEC and local and county governments.