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CareSouth Carolina, SC-DHEC partner to provide free COVID-19 testing

By May 15, 2020Health

BISHOPVILLE, S.C. – CareSouth Carolina and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC-DHEC) partnered to provide free COVID-19 testing to 505 people on Friday at Chappell Park in Bishopville, South Carolina.

CareSouth Carolina, which serves more than 39,000 patients in five counties in the Pee Dee region, is working to provide access to testing and education for patients across its communities.

“We are very happy that this testing event, in partnership with DHEC, is taking place in Bishopville,” CareSouth Carolina CEO Ann Lewis said. “CareSouth Carolina has had a presence in Bishopville since 1982 and the community means so much to us.  It is important to know if you test positive for the coronavirus so that you won’t unknowingly spread it to others. Come out and get tested.”

The free drive-thru testing was available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to anyone who wanted to be tested, regardless of symptoms.

CareSouth Carolina and SC-DHEC partnered to provide 464 free drive-thru COVID-19 tests last week in Society Hill.

In addition to its partnership with SC-DHEC, CareSouth Carolina has provided free drive-thru COVID-19 testing at several of its locations across the Pee Dee.

CareSouth Carolina implemented Telehealth, Telecommunication and TeleTherapy visits to help fight the spread of the virus. The organization is providing drive-up chronic care for those who have conditions- like high blood pressure- that can’t necessarily be measured through a Telehealth visit; drive-thru and curbside pharmacy; emergency meal distribution for the aged population through community partnerships; and is providing follow-up for those patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 through its Family Support Services staff.

CareSouth Carolina is a private, non-profit community health center delivering patient-centered health and life services in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. CareSouth Carolina operates centers in Bennettsville, Bishopville, Cheraw, Chesterfield, Dillon, Hartsville, Lake View, Latta, McColl and Society Hill. Services provided by CareSouth Carolina include family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, women services, OB/GYN, HIV/AIDS primary care, dental, chiropractic services, pharmacy, geriatrics, social services, clinical counseling, laboratory, 4D ultrasound, X-Ray, migrant services and veterans choice provider.