Tidelands Health opens additional clinic to assess, test individuals with COVID-19 symptoms
Tidelands Health is expanding its capacity to test individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 with the opening of a third assessment clinic that offers testing by appointment.
The temporary clinic, which opened Monday, July 20, is located at Waccamaw Medical Park South in Murrells Inlet, and operates five days a week. Visits include an assessment by a physician and are reserved for individuals with COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, loss of taste or smell and other symptoms.
An appointment is required, and normal physician office visit fees apply. To make an appointment, contact your Tidelands Health primary care physician office or call the Tidelands Health COVID-19 Nurse Line at 843-652-8800 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This is Tideland Health’s third COVID-19 assessment and testing clinic designed specifically for patients exhibiting symptoms of the virus. Additional clinics for symptomatic patients are located at Tidelands Health Medical Park at The Market Common and Tidelands Health Family Medicine at Georgetown.
“With the virus spreading rapidly in our community, the number of individuals showing symptoms of COVID-19 has increased dramatically,” said Gayle Resetar, chief operating officer of Tidelands Health. “This additional assessment clinic will help meet the demand as we battle COVID-19 on multiple fronts.”
The region’s leader in COVID-19 testing and treatment, Tidelands Health has a comprehensive testing strategy to help identify infected individuals and slow the virus’ spread. In addition to testing offered at the organization’s assessment clinics and hospitals, the health system partners with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to test asymptomatic individuals at free community drive-through testing events that can accommodate thousands of people at each event.
Since testing began, Tidelands Health has tested 17,012 unique individuals at its large-scale community events, hospitals and assessment clinics. Of those tested, 1,737 individuals – or slightly more than 10 percent -- have tested positive.
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 spread.
“COVID-19 continues to be a serious threat to our community, and we must all come together to do our part to control this virus,” Resetar said.