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Recognizing the urgent need for expanded COVID-19 testing along the Grand Strand, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has partnered with Tidelands Health and other health care facilities to offer a large-scale community testing program in our region. Free testing events are scheduled at convenient sites throughout the area.
Testing is free and open to everyone ages 2 and older. Pre-screening is not required. Individuals under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to give consent for testing. Participants simply drive up to be tested and remain in their car throughout the process.
Why Testing for COVID-19 is Important – Testing for COVID-19 is essential because it helps identify people who are infected with the virus, whether or not they have symptoms, so they can isolate themselves and keep those around them from becoming infected, especially at-risk individuals who can develop the life-threatening illness if they contract the virus.
Be Positive You’re Negative – DHEC urges South Carolinians to be positive you're negative by routinely getting tested if you're regularly out in the community. Visit scdhec.gov/findatest for a testing location near you. DHEC-sponsored testing is free, doesn't require insurance, and results are available within 72 hours. If it has been more than 72 hours since you were tested, you can email CustomerService@dhec.sc.gov or call the Care Line at 1-855-472-3432 to inquire about your test results.
Myrtle Beach and Conway public health department clinics also offer free COVID-19 testing. Community partners, CVS Pharmacy, health care facilities and other organizations also offer COVID-19 testing. Some of these partner events may require an appointment. DHEC provides as much of this information as possible online.
The testing events are open to all individuals. Pre-screening is not required.
Have a general question about COVID-19? Call the DHEC Care Line at 1-855-472-3432 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily.
If you have questions about COVID-19 vaccines, COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line at 1-866-365-8110 is open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. You also can visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions page. This webpage is regularly updated with new questions and science-based, factual information.
For mental health or substance abuse services related to COVID-19, call SC HOPES at 1-844-724-6737 (1-844-SC-HOPES). Open 24/7.
Using scdhec.gov/vaxlocator to see locations accepting appointments for COVID-19 vaccine.
For more information about who is included in each phase of the state's vaccination plan and the timelines for each phase, please click here.
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