Higher than usual flu cases prompts MUSC to implement flu clinics, telehealth services
There has been one flu related death in the Lowcountry, seven in the Midlands, three Upstate, and four in Pee Dee this week according to DHEC.
In addition, Charleston County alone has had more than 300 flu cases reported in the last week and in Greenville County, almost a thousand cases were reported according to DHEC.
Due to the Lowcountry experiencing higher than usual flu cases that has resulted in 15 flu related deaths in South Carolina, MUSC Health has now implemented flu clinics and telehealth services to patients already ill from the flu.
For that reason, if you are experiencing non-emergency symptoms of the flu (fever/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches and vomiting and diarrhea), MUSC asks that you please use the following services:
An influenza clinic staffed by MUSC physicians will be set up at MUSC Ashley River Tower on Friday, 1/12/18 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Ashley River Tower is located at 25 Courtenay Drive. Please go to the information desk on the first floor where you will be directed to this clinic.
E-visits: MUSC strongly encourages current patients to utilize the e-visit option as an alternative to coming to the ER for a physical visit. E-visits are available 24/7 for patients 18 years or older who have been seen by an MUSC provider in the last 36 months and have a MyChart account. Providers respond to e-visits 24/7, within 4 hours of the request. To learn more click here.
Many MUSC Primary Care clinics will also be open on Monday, January 15 during the hours listed below. Call 843-792-7000 by Friday to schedule an appointment.
- CFC Springview Primary care 7:45 a.m. -11:45 a.m.
- CFC Martello Primary care 7 a.m. -11:45p
- CFC Carnes Primary Care 7:15 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
- UIM Primary care 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
- CFC Ben Sawyer Primary care 8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
- RAC Primary care 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- CFC Coosaw Primary care 8:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
The places mentioned above are not places to get flu shots, but as already mentioned, for people already ill.