Resources for AAA and SCDOA Staff

This page will feature Frequently Asked Questions from the aging network, as well as Program Instruction from the South Carolina Department on Aging (SCDOA) relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Additions will be sorted by date, as information and decisions regarding COVID-19 in South Carolina is subject to change.  All temporary Program Instruction is effective until rescinded by the SCDOA.





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July 27, 2021

DHEC Supports Updated CDC Guidance, Recommends Indoor Masking for All Regardless of Vaccination Status


June 2, 2021

DHEC Expands Homebound COVID-19 Vaccination Program to All 46 Counties


May 17, 2021

SCETV Virtual Community Town Hall Focused on COVID-19 Vaccines

Archived Video of SCETV Virtual Community Town Hall


May 14, 2021

South Carolina Public Health Officials Release Statement on New CDC Mask Guidelines


April 23, 2021

DHEC Issues Statement about CDC Announcement on Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine


April 13, 2021

DHEC Statement on Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine

Joint CDC and FDA Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine


April 12, 2021

FEMA Begins COVID-19 Funeral Assistance


April 5, 2021

FEMA and South Carolina to Open Mass Vaccination Site


March 26, 2021

All South Carolinians Aged 16 and Older to be Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine


March 19, 2021

Updated Nursing Home Visitation Guidelines; All Facilities Required to Provide Visitation with Few Limitations


March 2, 2021

South Carolina to Move to Phase 1b of COVID-19 Vaccination Plan


February 25, 2021

DHEC and Agape Care Begin Pilot Program for Bringing Vaccine to Homebound Residents


February 15, 2021

South Carolina COVID-19 Vaccine Demographics Presented in New Online Dashboard


February 11, 2021

DHEC Offers Centralized Phone Number, Email for Locating Delayed COVID-19 Test Results


February 3, 2021

South Carolinians 65+ Can Schedule COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments Beginning 2/8/21


February 2, 2021

DHEC Announces Change in the Way COVID-19 Percent Positive Is Calculated


January 29, 2021

DHEC Launches New COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line, Increases Call Center Staff


January 27, 2021

SC Officials Warn Public to Watch Out for Possible COVID-19 Vaccine-related Scams


January 14, 2021

DHEC, LLR Announce Joint Order Expands Pool of Medical Professionals who can Administer COVID-19 Vaccine


January 11, 2021

South Carolinians Aged 70 and Older Can Schedule COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments Beginning Jan. 13


January 8, 2021

DHEC Encourages South Carolina Hospitals to Begin Vaccinating Admitted Patients Age 65 and Older


January 6, 2021

All Phase 1a Healthcare Workers Urged to Quickly Schedule Vaccine Appointments

DHEC: Phase 1a Guidance for COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation

CMS/Advancing States Updated FAQs

CDC Vaccine Update (provided by ACL)

Vaccination Correspondence: Director Munn to DHEC Regarding Staff and Phase 1a


December 14, 2020

COVID-19 Vaccination Update / Briefing (PDF)


December 7, 2020

South Carolina's COVID-19 Vaccination Plan (Updated 12/7/2020)


November 18, 2020

COVID-19 Vaccination Update / Briefing (PDF)


November 5, 2020

DHEC Experts Warn Rise in South Carolina COVID-19 Cases Could be Fall Surge


November 4, 2020

IRS Warns of New COVID-Related Stimulus Text Scam


October 16, 2020

South Carolina's COVID-19 Vaccination Plan


October 9, 2020

Long-Term Care Facilities Visitation - New Guidelines (DHEC)


October 7, 2020

Nursing Home Visitation Status - News Release (DHEC)


September 22, 2020

(New) accelerateSC Dashboards


September 1, 2020

DHEC Provides New Guidelines for Limited Outdoor Visitation


August 12, 2020

Map of South Carolina County & Municipality Mask Ordinances


July 29, 2020

New Resource,, Aims to Stop the Spread of COVID-19


July 27, 2020

FDA Reiterates Warning About Dangerous Hand Sanitizers Containing Methanol


July 16, 2020

IRS Unveils "Dirty Dozen" List of Tax Scams for 2020


July 5, 2020

CDC Health Advisory Regarding Methanol-based Hand Sanitizers


July 2, 2020

COVID-19 Grant Opportunity for Virtually Connecting Nursing Home Residents with Loved Ones

Recommendations for Outdoor Visitation of Residents at Facilities (delayed per Gov. McMaster)


June 30, 2020

DHEC:  Interim Guidance for COVID-19 Scenarios for Businesses

DHEC:  Re-Opening Guidance for Businesses (Updated)

DHEC Recommends Residents Stay Safer at Home for Fourth of July


June 29, 2020

Program Instruction (Revised):  Senior Care Calls


June 28, 2020

Updated CDC Guidance Documents


June 26, 2020

The ADA and Face Mask Policies


June 23, 2020

South Carolina's Palmetto Priority (More at


June 11, 2020

SCEMD South Carolina Hurricane Plan (with new Annex J / COVID-19 information)

CDC: Use Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow Spread


June 4, 2020

Mental Health / Substance Abuse Phone Line (New): 1-844-SC-HOPES (1-844-724-6737)


June 1, 2020

South Carolina 2020 Hurricane Guide (with COVID-19 information)

accelerateSC Ombudsman Phone Line (New): 1-833-722-2578


May 28, 2020

Program Instruction (Revised): Senior Care Calls

accelerateSC Final Report and Recommendations


May 21, 2020

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2020 Webinar Registration (event is June 15)


May 20, 2020

Program Instruction: ACL Guidance for Tracking Services

COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program (SC Thrive)

Senior Farmers Market Vouchers: Deadline to Register Online is May 25 (SC DSS)


May 18, 2020

Coronavirus Resources from SC Thrive


May 13, 2020

SLED:  Cyber Situational Awareness Report


May 6, 2020

Phased Reopening Guidelines for Senior Nutrition Program Operations

Program Instruction: Senior Care Calls


May 5, 2020

accelerateSC Website (New Resource)

SC Senior Care Calls


May 2, 2020

President Declares Disaster for April Storm


April 24, 2020

Program Instruction: Grocery Voucher Program Initiative


April 20, 2020

Governor McMaster Announces 'accelerate SC'

SCDOA State Plan Extension (due to COVID-19)


April 16, 2020

COVID-19 Long-Term Care Facility Guidance (DHEC / CMS)


April 15, 2020

Treasury, IRS launch new tool to help non-filers register for Economic Impact Payments


April 14, 2020

Additional FAQs Based on Call with ACL and State Unit on Aging Directors


April 8, 2020

FAQs Based on Call with ACL and State Unit on Aging Directors


Reporting Abuse and Neglect During the COVID-19 Crisis


April 6, 2020

Coronavirus Resources for Veterans


April 3, 2020

SCDOA List of Mental Health, Health, and Behavioral Health Resources


March 27, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions (SNAP, TANF, EBT, etc.)


March 26, 2020

Advancing States: COVID-19 Legislative Updates


March 25, 2020

Program Instruction: Serving Non-Clients

HDM Volunteers as Essential Personnel


March 23, 2020

Executive Order No. 2020-13: Authorizing Law Enforcement to Preserve Public Health


March 21, 2020

Executive Order No. 2020-12: Regulatory Flexibility to Facilitate "Social Distancing"


March 19, 2020

Memorandum for Area Agency on Aging Directors and Council of Government Directors

SC ACT COVID-19 Update

Executive Order No. 2020-11: Directing Additional Emergency Measures Due to COVID-19


March 18, 2020

SC ACT COVID-19 Field Update


March 17, 2020

Executive Order No. 2020-10: Directing Additional Emergency Measures Due to COVID-19


March 16, 2020

The Supreme Court of South Carolina Order No. 2020-03-16-01: Family Courts Statewide


March 15, 2020

Executive Order No. 2020-09: School Closings, Large Gatherings, and Other Provisions


March 14, 2020

DHEC: Updated Guidance for COVID-19 Testing and Reporting in South Carolina


March 13, 2020

Program Instruction: Temporary Nutrition Program Changes Due to COVID-19

Nutrition Services Frequently Asked Emergency Management Questions (guidance from ACL)

Program Instruction: Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

Executive Order No. 2020-08: State of Emergency Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)


March 12, 2020

Program Instruction: Assessment Change Due to COVID-19

New SC ACT Field Regarding COVID-19


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