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January 22, 2021

Help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community by receiving a free COVID-19 test

Free COVID-19 Testing Sites

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.

Businesses are encouraged to send their employees to these free COVID-19 testing events. Wait time is usually under one hour at the drive-thru sites.

What You Need to Know

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 life-threatening illness if they contract the virus.  

Free DHEC Testing

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. 

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.

Free Drive-Thru Testing

The testing events are open to all individuals. Pre-screening is not required. Participants drive up to be tested and remain in their vehicles throughout the process. 

Location, dates and times may change. Visit SC DHEC for the latest testing sites.

  • Open Daily, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Coastal Carolina University, 265 University Blvd., Conway Preregister
  • 1/23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., St. James High School, 10800 Hwy. 707, Murrells Inlet Preregister
  • 1/25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 2101 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach Preregister
  • 1/26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Little River Medical Center - New Directions Shelter, 1005 Osceola St., Myrtle Beach
  • 1/27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., HOA Amenity Center, 130 Grand Cypress Way, Murrells Inlet Preregister
  • 1/29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Myrtle Waves, 3000 Mr. Joe White Ave., Myrtle Beach Preregister

View List of Testing Sites

What to do if a Team Member Tests Positive

How to Report COVID-19

Report immediately a suspected COVID-19 case by contacting SC DHEC at:

  • Office: 843-915-8886
  • Nights/Weekends: 843-915-8845 

COVID-19 Hotlines

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.

For mental health or substance abuse services related to COVID-19, call the statewide support line 24/7 at 1-844-724-6737 (1-844-SC-HOPES).


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