Harvest Hope Food Bank moves services outdoors, asks for volunteers in the midst of coronavirus spread

Protecting yourself from coronavirus

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Harvest Hope Food Bank will be moving its emergency food pantry services outside to aid in social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic beginning March 17.

The organization asks that those in need of food assistance extend patience as they make this change.

Harvest Hope is asking for crisis volunteers to assist in this change.

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Volunteers must:

  • be 15 years old
  • be able to lift up to 15 lbs
  • be on their feet for at least two hours.

Shift times will be from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If you are interested click here to sign up.

Harvest Hope is also asking for donations from community members unable to volunteer. These donations will help them feed children, families and seniors.

You can donate non-perishable food items at their location at 2220 Shop Road in Columbia or through their Amazon Wishlist. Monetary donations can be made at donate.harvesthope.org or mailed to P.O. Box 451, Columbia, SC 29202.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the coronavirus is spread mainly from person-to-person by those in close contact, or through coughing and sneezing by someone who’s infected.

Symptoms of coronavirus can show up between two and 14 days of exposure, health officials say. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But some severe cases can lead to death.

Coronavirus: Flattening the curve

Those who are at the highest risk of catching COVID-19 are the young, the elderly and those who are already being treated for chronic medical diseases.

Young people who contract the virus are not likely to have a serious case, research shows.

Doctors say there is not currently a treatment or vaccine for COVID-19, but over-the-counter medications, like cold and cough medicines, can help treat symptoms of the virus.

The mortality rate for people with the virus has been widely reported around 2 to 3%, but health experts note the actual percentage is not that high, as not all cases are diagnosed or reported.

The rate is higher than the flu, which kills on average about 0.1% of people who get it, based on a 10-year average of data from the CDC.


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Facts, preventive measures for new coronavirus

Anyone with concerns about their health, or who believes they are showing symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider.

People with general questions about coronavirus should call the DHEC Care Line at 855-472-3432. The line is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Callers are urged to be patient as call volumes are high.

People without a doctor can take advantage of free online screening from Prisma Health and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

MUSC has an online platform to aid with coronavirus diagnosis and care. Go to musc.care and access the COVID-19 platform. The service is free with code: COVID19.

Prisma Health also has a free virtual visit, which allows patients to video conference with a doctor instead of coming into a facility. The goal is to keep patients who don’t need to be treated at a hospital at home. Go to primsahealth.org/virtual-visit and use promo code COVID19 for a free virtual visit.

For more information on COVID-19, click or tap here to visit the CDC’s website.

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