Free COVID-19 Testing
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Key Information About Coronavirus
Before you get tested, read all the latest updates regarding COVID-19 and Tidelands Health.
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 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, 3-4 p.m. (or while supplies last), Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Parish, 1633 Waverly Road, Pawleys Island
- Every Friday, 2-4 p.m. (or while supplies last), Horry-Georgetown Technical College Conference Center, 950 Crabtree Lane, Myrtle Beach
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.
Community members who need additional information about COVID-19 or the testing events may 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.
Specimens collected via drive-through testing are sent to DHEC labs for testing, and results are typically available within five business days. The results are communicated by phone and made available electronically through the Tidelands Health patient portal. If you are not already enrolled in the portal, sign-up instructions will be provided to you when you arrive for testing.
Individuals who test negative for the virus will receive an automated phone call once results are available. Individuals who test positive will receive personal phone calls from both a representative with Tidelands Health and South Carolina DHEC, which conducts contact tracing. If you test positive, it’s important to isolate yourself from others and take other protective measures. Learn more by clicking here.
If you are contacted by a Tidelands Health representative, we will verify your identify by confirming your date of birth, but we will never ask for insurance or payment information or your Social Security number. If you receive a call requesting that information, hang up immediately and contact local law enforcement.
COVID-19 testing important even if you aren’t feeling ill
Should you be tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus even if you’re not feeling sick?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently estimated about 35 percent of people infected with COVID-19 show no symptoms and, among those who do, about 40 percent of transmissions occur before people feel ill.