Free COVID-19 Testing Events
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Key Information About Coronavirus
Before you get tested, read all the latest updates regarding COVID-19 and Tidelands Health.
Recognizing the urgent need for expanded COVID-19 testing along the Grand Strand, Tidelands Health and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control have partnered to offer a large-scale community testing program in our region. Free testing events are scheduled at convenient sites throughout the area.
What you need to know
Participants simply need to drive up to be tested at these events. 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. Testing is conducted via nasopharyngeal swab.
At each event, testing will be available while supplies last.
Please note these free drive-through events test for the virus. For information about antibody testing, please click here.
Specimens from the drive-through events 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 at the testing event.
Event dates and times
- Friday, July 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or while supplies last, Myrtle Beach Pelicans Stadium, 1251 21st Avenue North, Myrtle Beach
- Friday, July 24, begins at 10 a.m. and continues while supplies last, Coastal Carolina University, Conway
- Friday, July 31, begins at 10 a.m. and continues while supplies last, Myrtle Beach Pelicans Stadium, 1251 21st Avenue North, Myrtle Beach
Tidelands Health is proud to be the regional leader in COVID-19 testing and response. In addition to the free testing events, we continue to offer medical assessments and testing for symptomatic patients at various Tidelands Health Family Medicine locations.
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.