Tidelands Health partners with Coastal Carolina University to provide COVID-19 testing for student-athletes, athletics staff
Tidelands Health is partnering with Coastal Carolina University to provide free COVID-19 testing to student-athletes and athletic department staff members as voluntary workouts on campus resume.
The comprehensive testing program began today with Tidelands Health, the official health system of the CCU Chanticleers, testing about 55 football players and essential staff members.
As the university and athletic department continue to implement a re-entry plan, medical professionals from the region’s largest health care provider will continue to conduct COVID-19 testing at the Conway campus.
Coastal Carolina’s administration has worked diligently on this re-entry plan in accordance with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the NCAA Resocialization of Sport Plan and the Sun Belt Conference COVID-19 Panel, along with the guidance of CCU’s NCAA Medical Director Dr. Winston D. McIver Jr.
Matt Hogue, CCU’s director of athletics, said COVID-19 testing is a necessary step to help keep student-athletes and staff safe as the university slowly resumes athletic operations as approved by the NCAA.
“We are very appreciative of Tidelands Health expanding their existing partnership with Coastal Carolina University athletics to address this important resource needed as we activate our student-athlete re-entry plan,” Hogue said. “As we follow appropriate phasing and protocols, we are encouraged about this first step of welcoming back our student-athletes and optimistic about the eventual start of our fall sports seasons.
“Our team of physicians, athletic trainers and strength and conditioning professionals has worked diligently to comprise a plan in accordance with public health protocols and contingencies with guidance from our state authorities, the NCAA, Sun Belt Conference and our university’s reopening committee. Having Tidelands Health on board strengthens this effort to get Chanticleer programs back on track. ”
Football student-athletes are returning to campus following the NCAA Division I Council’s vote earlier this month that allows college athletes to resume voluntary workouts. During Phase One of CCU’s re-entry plan, screened football student-athletes can use on-campus weight rooms and athletic training facilities under the supervision of screened strength and conditioning staff and athletic training staff members.
In addition to the COVID-19 testing program with Tidelands Health, CCU will have a number of guidelines and protocols in place to protect the health of players and staff, including daily temperature and symptom checks.
“Tidelands Health is proud to support the Chants by providing this comprehensive COVID-19 testing program,” said Dr. Gerald Harmon, the health system’s vice president of medical affairs. “It’s all part of our mission to help people live better lives through better health.”
Tidelands Health has been the region’s leader in COVID-19 testing, screening nearly 6,000 people for the virus since the pandemic began. The health system is partnering with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control on a large-scale community testing program across the region. Free testing is available to anyone who is interested at clinics scheduled throughout the area, including the Coastal Carolina University campus on Friday, June 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For a complete testing schedule, visit tidelandshealth.org/testing.