The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is providing COVID-19 testing opportunities in the Upstate this week.
Testing will be offered September 30 through October 2, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the Greenville County Testing Site, 352 Halton Road, Greenville and September 28 through October 2, 8 a.m.-3:00 p.m., at the Anderson County Health Department, 220 McGee Road, Anderson.
Sponsored testing will be offered October 2 and October 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., sponsored by PRISMA Health Upstate, Brookwood Church, 580 Brookwood Point Place, Simpsonville.
DHEC-sponsored testing is always no-cost and open to anyone regardless of symptoms. Pre-registering is recommended. Get your results within 72 hours. Visit scdhec.gov/gettested.
If you are out and about in the community, around others, or not able to socially distance or wear a mask, DHEC recommends that you get tested at least once a month.
Routine testing allows public health workers to diagnose those who are asymptomatic and interrupt the ongoing spread of the virus.
There are currently 241 permanent testing sites across the state, many open seven days a week. Find a permanent testing location near you at scdhec.gov/covid19testing.
According to DHEC, testing for COVID-19 is essential because it helps identify people who are infected with the virus, whether or not they have symptoms, so they can isolate themselves and keep those around them from becoming infected, especially at-risk individuals who can develop life-threatening illness if they contract the virus. Identifying those with COVID-19 who have symptoms helps ensure they receive the medical treatment they need.