Tidelands Health continues to lead region in COVID-19 testing as health system works to slow the virus’ spread

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Published on July 09, 2020

Tidelands Health continues to lead region in COVID-19 testing as health system works to slow the virus’ spread

Tidelands Health has tested just over 3 percent of the combined population of Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties for COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Residents throughout the three-county area – from North Myrtle Beach and Conway to Andrews, Georgetown and spots in between – have been tested for COVID-19 through the health system’s comprehensive testing strategy, which is designed to identify COVID-19 cases and help limit the virus’ spread.

Drone photo of vehicles lined up at Myrtle Beach Pelicans Stadium during a free community COVID-19 testing event.“Widespread testing is a key part of our overall strategy to understand and slow the spread of this highly contagious virus in our region,” said Gayle Resetar, chief operating officer at Tidelands Health. “Testing helps individuals know if they have the virus, allowing them to take precautions and avoid spreading it to others. This is a crucial step because it helps us identify people who may be asymptomatic but still infected and contagious.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated up to 40 percent of COVID-19 transmissions occur before the infected person develops symptoms.

Tidelands Health continues to be the region’s COVID-19 testing leader through a three-pronged testing strategy that includes testing at large-scale community events, at its hospitals and at outdoor testing clinics at physician offices.

To date, Tidelands Health has tested 14,961 distinct individuals for COVID-19, with 1,338 testing positive.

Much of that testing has occurred at free community testing events hosted in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, with more than 9,000 people tested at seven community events since May 30. About 98 percent of those tested have been South Carolina residents.

Tidelands Health and DHEC are continuing their testing partnership, and an additional 10,000 people are expected to be tested during four more community events scheduled this month in Myrtle Beach, Conway and Georgetown. The first July event is set for Friday, July 10, at 10 a.m. at Georgetown High School.

“The community testing events provide a convenient, streamlined way to test a large number of individuals safely and efficiently,” Resetar said. “The events we’ve had to date have been extremely successful, and we look forward to continuing this critically important effort.”

Tidelands Health encourages community members to help limit the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a face mask, avoiding large gatherings, observing social distancing and practicing good hand hygiene.

Learn more about Tidelands Health’s community testing events at tidelandshealth.org.

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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.