The South Carolina Dept. of Health and Environmental Control is offering free testing events throughout the state.
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. Where available, pre-registration is recommended to save you time and speed up lines.
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 1-888-697-9004 to inquire about your test results.
Community partners, CVS Pharmacy, health care facilities and other organizations may also offer COVID-19 testing. Some of these partner events may require an appointment and you may incur administration fees.
A federal program allows every household in the U.S. to place three orders of free at-home tests (16 tests total) by visiting covidtests.gov.
All orders within the continental United States will be sent through First Class Package Service with the U.S. Postal Service.
At-Home Tests Covered By Insurance
Effective Jan. 15, 2022, individuals with health insurance through an employer or Marketplace who purchase an over-the-counter COVID-19 diagnostic test authorized, cleared, or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be able to have those test costs covered by their plan or insurance.
Insurance companies and health plans are required to cover eight free over-the-counter at-home tests per covered individual per month. Read more.
DHEC has regularly updated employer resources available on thier website.
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. Mon.-Fri. In the event of an emergency, please call 911. Visit Website
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.
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