Tidelands Health continues free community COVID-19 testing with events every week in Horry, Georgetown counties

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Published on August 19, 2020

Tidelands Health continues free community COVID-19 testing with events every week in Horry, Georgetown counties

Tidelands Health continues to partner with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to offer free community COVID-19 testing in Horry and Georgetown counties.

The free drive-through testing events are scheduled every Tuesday in Pawleys Island and Friday in Medical personnel swab an individual's nose during a drive-through COVID-19 testing event.Myrtle Beach. The testing events are open to all individuals, and each event can accommodate up to 250 people. Pre-screening is not required. Participants simply drive up to be tested and remain in their vehicles throughout the process.

Testing is available at the following times and locations:

  • Every Tuesday, 3-5 p.m. (or while supplies last), Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Parish, 1633 Waverly Road, Pawleys Island
  • Every Friday, 2-5 p.m. (or while supplies last), Horry-Georgetown Technical College Conference Center, 950 Crabtree Lane, Myrtle Beach

“Testing is an important piece of our comprehensive strategy to slow the spread of this highly contagious virus,” said Gayle Resetar, chief operating officer at Tidelands Health. “We are committed to providing convenient testing opportunities for the people of our region.”

In addition to the free community testing events, Tidelands Health offers COVID-19 assessment and testing to symptomatic patients at designated assessment clinics each weekday. Individuals who are experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms can call the health system’s COVID-19 Nurse Line at 843-652-8800 to schedule an appointment. Physician office visit fees apply.

Since the pandemic began, Tidelands Health has tested 21,498 unique individuals at its large-scale community events, hospitals and assessment clinics. Of those tested, 2,516 individuals – or nearly 12 percent – have tested positive.

Community members who need additional information about COVID-19 or the testing events may visit tidelandshealth.org, call the COVID-19 Nurse Line at 843-652-8800 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or call 1-866-TIDELANDS, which operates 24 hours a day.

Testing is one strategy to help slow the virus’ spread. Community members should also take the simple actions of wearing a face mask, avoiding large gatherings, practicing social distancing and frequently washing their hands to help limit the spread.

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Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider, serving the Carolinas at four hospitals and more than 60 outpatient locations. More than 2,500 employee, physician and volunteer partners are working side by side with our communities to transform the health of our region – promoting wellness, preventing illness, encouraging recovery and restoring health.