Tidelands Health revises schedule for COVID-19 testing clinics, moving to larger venues to accommodate expected crowds
In response to the tremendous community turnout at Saturday’s free COVID-19 testing clinic in Myrtle Beach, Tidelands Health and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control are moving several upcoming testing clinics to larger venues to accommodate expected crowds.
More than 1,000 individuals were tested for COVID-19 during Saturday’s drive-through clinic in the parking lot of Myrtle Beach Pelicans Stadium. The mobile clinic, a partnership of Tidelands Health and DHEC, was the largest such event in South Carolina to date.
Tidelands Health has partnered with DHEC to offer large-scale community testing across the Grand Strand. DHEC supplies the testing media, and Tidelands Health donates manpower to staff the free clinics.
“There is clearly significant community interest in COVID-19 testing, and Tidelands Health is committed to meeting that need,” said Gayle Resetar, chief operating officer. “As our region’s largest health care provider, we are proud to partner with DHEC to present these free testing clinics, which provide valuable insight about the spread of the virus in our area.”
The revised testing clinic schedule is as follows:
- Thursday, June 4, 1-4 p.m., Tidelands Health Family Medicine, 4320 Holmestown Road, Myrtle Beach
- Friday, June 5, noon-4 p.m., Georgetown High School, 2500 Anthuan Maybank St., Georgetown
- Friday, June 12, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Carvers Bay Middle School, 13000 Choppee Road, Hemingway
- Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Myrtle Beach Pelicans Stadium, 1251 21st Avenue North, Myrtle Beach
- Friday, June 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Inlet Square Mall, 10125 Highway 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet
- Wednesday, June 24, noon-6 p.m., Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital, an affiliate of Encompass Health, 100 Water Grande Blvd., Little River
- Friday, June 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Coastal Carolina University, 100 Chanticleer Drive, Conway
The testing clinics are free and open to all individuals. 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 vehicles throughout the process. At each clinic, testing will be available while supplies last.
Tidelands Health, which has been a regional leader in COVID-19 testing and response, will also continue to offer medical assessments and testing for symptomatic patients at various Tidelands Health Family Medicine locations as it has done since March.
The initial goal is to conduct 8,000 tests – representing 2 percent of the region’s total population – by the end of June.
Community testing helps health leaders better understand the impact COVID-19 is having on the community and provides a convenient way for individuals to know whether they have the virus. Individuals may have COVID-19 but not show any symptoms, which makes testing even more important to help limit the spread of the virus to others.
“We are so grateful to DHEC and our local government and law enforcement partners for working with us to offer these free clinics to our community,” Resetar said.
Anyone with questions about the free testing program can 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. or 1-866-TIDELANDS, which operates 24 hours a day.