Our Final Update

Kate Azizi
May 03, 2021
Woman removes mask on a beach

We started this newsletter in March 2020 to quickly communicate reliable health information to you throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, the virus was just beginning to hit South Carolina. Many of you had been asked to stay at home. Information about the medical community’s response was scarce, but rapidly evolving.

In response, we began sending you this e-newsletter at least twice a month with the latest coronavirus news and breakthroughs, resources to help you and updates on how the Medical University of South Carolina was innovating solutions, like the first drive-thru testing site in the nation to be paired with a virtual screening process or developing and releasing plans that allowed anyone with a 3D printer to make a mask.

We also asked for your help – to protect and support our health care teams, to invest in testing and new treatments and to help our students graduate on time, many heading for the front lines themselves. You humbled us with your overwhelming response, raising more than $2.3 million for MUSC’s COVID-related efforts, including our COVID-19 emergency fund. We are so very grateful for everything you’ve done to help get our community and state back to “normal.”

Now just over a year later, South Carolina is moving closer to a post-COVID life. New infections are down. Three vaccines are readily available to anyone age 16 and up. And, as we recently reported, South Carolina is approaching herd immunity, with immunity currently at an estimated 65% statewide. Caution is still needed. But all these signs suggest that the urgent need for timely news and updates has subsided, for now. For that reason, this is the last scheduled COVID-19 update we plan to send you.

Don’t worry – we will continue to monitor this situation and email you with any urgent updates. You may find regular MUSC coronavirus updates online at any time. You can also access county-by-county information on estimated immunity and COVID-19 trends from MUSC’s global health and infectious disease experts.

We will also continue to share stories that inspire and inform you, ways to get involved and upcoming events on our website, Facebook and Instagram pages. I hope you’ll visit!

Thank you again for the support you’ve provided throughout the pandemic, even as so many of you struggled yourselves. It has been our honor to engage and inform you and we hope you’ll stay in touch.

Gratefully yours,

Kate Azizi
Vice president for Institutional Advancement

About the Author

Kate Azizi
Vice president for Institutional Advancement

Keywords: COVID-19