You Count on News 2 during times of crisis and uncertainty. News 2 is offering support for the community through a comprehensive resource page to assist your family and business during the coronavirus pandemic. Below, you’ll find helpful employment information, counseling services, food distribution locations, crisis assistance and more.


A guide to surviving financially as bills become due – read more

How to apply for SNAP, Medicaid, and TANF over the phone – click here

COVID-19 guidance for non-essential businesses – click here

Unemployment Assistance

Information on applying for SC Unemployment Insurance Benefits – click here
Q&A related to the Coronavirus and SC unemployment insurance benefits – click here
Q&A with the SC Department of Employment and Workforce – click here

Small Business Assistance

Assistance for Small Business Owners visit

Charleston County Economic Development: COVID-19 Business Resource Center –

The SC Chamber of Commerce, SC Bankers Association, and the US Small Business Administration SC District Office announced a loan program designed to help small businesses (500 employees or less) has been approved – read more

Important phone numbers and county information

Charleston County Citizens Information Line – Open Monday – Friday 9 AM – 5 PM
Citizen Info Line: 843-746-3900
Spanish Line: 843-746-3909

Berkeley County Citizens Information Line – Open 10 AM – 4 PM daily.
Citizens can call: 843-719-4800 

SC DHEC Care Line – Open Monday-Friday 8 AM to 6 PM for questions about COVID-19

Coronavirus virtual care resources

MUSC Health: Virtual Care 843-792-7000 or

How to utilize MUSC’s free virtual health screening – story here

Roper St Francis Virtual Care:

The Roper St. Francis Ask A Nurse Hotline is active Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – call (843) 549-4ASK for the free service that connects callers with experienced nurses.

Trident Health virtual screening:

How to donate medical supplies to local hospitals – click here

Schools, education and student meals

All schools will remain closed through April 30th by order of the governor.

School meal distribution information for Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester 2 & 4, Colleton, Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties can be found by clicking here.

VIRTUAL LEARNING: Free educational resources for kids stuck at home during COVID-19 – click here.

Storm Team 2 launches ‘Stay at Home STEM’ for e-learning – click here

Riverbanks Zoo offers ‘Z-Learning’ during coronavirus pandemic – story here

Charleston County Public Libary offering digital cards, free WiFi access during coronavirus closures – more here

Universities and colleges in SC move to virtual learning for the remainder of the semester – learn more here

Legal assistance

Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick – (843) 996-1900 –
Shumaker Law’s South and North Carolina centers are available to help our community businesses know how to thrive and survive during COVID-19. From navigating the unique circumstances of healthcare providers to the universal employment issues all businesses are experiencing, Shumaker’s locally known lawyers are offering guidance.

Steinberg Law Firm – (843) 720-2800
Information for Healthcare Workers Exposed to COVID-19 – click here for more

Adams & Bischoff – (843) 277-0090 –

Adams & Bischoff has been serving South Carolina and defending clients in criminal courts. With a passion for truth and respect, Adams & Bischoff places their clients at the top of their priorities. Practicing in DUI, drug charges, gun charges and many other criminal areas, Adams & Bischoff serves its clients with a dedicated resolve.

Christmas Injury Lawyers – (843) 884-6615 –

Christmas Injury Lawyers help clients in their needs with work accidents, auto accidents, and personal injury cases. The attorneys at Christmas Injury Lawyers are dedicated to representing and protecting the rights of injured people. Through experience and dedication, our attorneys will be able to provide the help our clients need for their injury cases.

What’s opened, what’s closed?

Click here to view essential businesses that are open in the Lowcountry or add your own to our directory.

Major retail stores closing, adjusting hours amid coronavirus outbreak – click here


Where to Eat: Local restaurants offering takeout and delivery – click here

Amended grocery store hours and senior shopping times – click here

Major retail stores that have changed hours or closed – click here

City of Walterboro works with local businesses to enact senior hours for vulnerable adults – story here

The Lowcountry Food Bank can be reached at (843) 747-8146
2864 Azalea DriveCharleston, SC 29405 –

Information regarding SNAP benefits – click here


Quarantine Fitness: A workout guide for senior citizens – click here

Exercise tips to reduce ‘cabin fever’ while social distancing – click here

Quarantine Workouts: keeping your fitness goals during social distancing – click here

South Carolina Department of Mental Health: 803-898-8581 |

Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 |

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 |

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224 |

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Tips for mental health and coping during COVID-19 – click here


St. Andrews Church: Sundays at 9am – StAndrews.Church/Stream

St. Philips Church: Sundays at 10:30am –


South Bay at Mount Pleasant / Shem Creek Health Center – (843) 936-2800 –

South Bay at Mount Pleasant is a rental Continuing Care Retirement Community that offers independent living, assisted living, skilled care, memory support and rehab. Call today to learn more and to schedule a virtual appointment.

K9 Resorts of Mount Pleasant – (843) 800-8383 –

K9 resorts remains open for dog daycare M-F 7AM-5:30PM. Boarding available 7 days a week by appointment only. We’re committed to assisting the community and offering discounted rates and complimentary baths for all clients by request.

Custom Climate Heating & Air – (843) 881-3960
Custom Climate Heating & Air will continue to provide service to the Charleston Metro area during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our staff has been trained to comply with all social distancing measures and cleanliness standards for your protection. We want to make sure that you and your family remain comfortable during your extended periods at home. Also, ask about our indoor air quality products to further improve your home environment.

Lowcountry Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine – (843) 797-5050 –
Lowcountry Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine will continue to be open for patients. Per Governor Henry McMaster’s recent lift of restrictions, we will begin to reschedule elective surgeries and non-essential patient visits. We appreciate your patience during this challenging COVID-19 time, and we look forward to safely helping you return to pain-free daily living.

In accordance with the social distancing guidelines, we will continue to limit patient appointments and restrict visitor entry. Patients requiring mobility assistance and pediatric patients may bring one adult into the treatment area. 

  • Telehealth follow-up appointments will continue to be available as appropriate.
  • Urgent Orthopaedic Care for call ahead and walk-in patients will continue to be available for acute injury at our North Charleston location.
  • Pain management patients are primarily being seen at our Clements Ferry/Daniel Island location.

All staff and providers receive daily symptom checks, wear masks, and frequently sanitize patient areas. Patients will continue to be screened at the entrance of all locations prior to being admitted to treatment areas. Screening includes a brief questionnaire and temperature checks.

To schedule your appointment, please call 843-797-5050. You may also request an appointment online:

Rhett Women’s Center – (843) 375-2210
Rhett Women’s Center, per the recently lifted restrictions, is now scheduling all gynecology and women’s health-related visits and procedures. We have begun rescheduling outpatient gynecology surgery center procedures for May. Heightened precautions continue and include screening and temperature checks for patients prior to entering the reception area, daily checks for staff and providers, wearing masks and frequent sanitation of all patient areas. Most importantly, we will continue to limit appointments in adherence to social distancing guidelines. Thank you for your patience as we work toward this new normal with all our patients and staff’s health and wellbeing as the primary focus.

To schedule your appointment, please call 843-375-2210. You may also request an appointment online:

Physician’s Plan Weight Loss + Wellness – (843) 769-5510 –
Physician’s Plan team is here for you. We know that your change of routine requires us to change right along with you. We’re on this new normal journey together. We’ve created curbside service with rapid pick up for food products at one of our three centers in the Tri-County area, virtual weight loss programs and an easy order online e-commerce site.
Visit to find out how we can provide you nutrition support and in-home exercise regimes. We can do this – together!

Barre Evolution – (843) 654-9045 –
Barre Evolution is a barre fitness studio offering a total body workout using a ballet barre for balance and props such as a ball, strap or block to deepen the work. The Barre Evolution method fuses influences of ballet, Pilates, Yoga and orthopedic stretching. With small isometric movements and your own resistance, our method is a highly effective, total body workout that tightens, sculpts and elongates muscles, to create a beautiful, lithe and lean body transformation.
While our studios are closed during this time of social distancing, we are offering online classes to help our community keep up with daily fitness routines. Daily classes are streamed live and a recording of each session is made available to those that register for the live class (should they not be able to tune in at the scheduled time). Sign up through our website using our online class purchase options — $7 per class or $29 for one month of unlimited online classes.

Imaging Specialists

While Imaging Specialists works toward a more robust schedule for patients, we will continue to implement heightened precautions. To protect patients and staff, we are closely following the guidance of local, national, and global health authorities – including the CDC, American College of Radiology, and the Society of Breast Imaging.

To maintain a safe environment, we ask that all patient wear masks to their appointment and complete the COVID-19 symptom and temperature screenings. Only patients are allowed to enter the facility at this time. No visitors, please.All employees will wear company issued healthcare masks. 

In adherence to the social distancing guidelines, we will continue to limit the number of patients scheduled and provide optional remote waiting in your vehicle.

Along with our current cleaning protocols, we are more frequently cleaning our patient and non-patient areas throughout the day.

Our medical imaging services are open daily. Schedule your appointment by calling 843-881-4020 or request an appointment online at

Charleston Sports Medicine
Scheduling New and Existing Patients

Charleston Sports Medicine and Regenerative Orthopaedics are scheduling both existing and new patients for orthopedic and physical therapy services. 

Heightened precautions continue including:

– Limited patient appointments and numbers of patients in the reception area

– Staff daily symptom checks and wearing of masks

– Air Purifiers are in each exam room, waiting room, and PT clinic 

– Frequent sanitation of all patient areas

– Screening and temperature of all patients

– Continued Telehealth appointments available

– Remote waiting in your vehicle as preferred

Call our office main line at 843-284-5200 for appointments or questions. We appreciate your patience as we navigate rescheduling patients. Please leave a message if needed. They will be reviewed and answered daily.

You may also use email for the following patient care needs:

Medication refills, lab follow-ups, and orthopaedic questions: 

Physical Therapy questions:

  • Existing and new patient appointments for Vasper Charleston and MLS Laser therapies are available.

FitMed Partners
Scheduling New and Existing Patients

FitMed Partners is scheduling both existing and new patients with heightened precautions including:

– Continued Telehealth appointments available, phone and video

– Limited patient appointments and numbers of patients in the reception area

– Staff daily symptom checks and wearing of masks

– Air Purifiers are in all rooms 

– Frequent sanitation of all patient areas

– Screening and temperature of all patients

– Remote waiting in your vehicle as preferred

Call our office main line at 843-284-5720 for appointments or questions. We appreciate your patience as we navigate rescheduling patients. Please leave a message if needed. They will be reviewed and answered daily.

You may also use email Pam McConnell at


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