West Columbia, S.C. – Lexington Medical Center and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control are working together to provide free COVID-19 testing at Chapin High School, located at 300 Columbia Avenue in Chapin on Saturday, July 25, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Individuals do not need to have symptoms and no appointments are necessary, but patients must have a valid ID and wear a face mask. Clinicians will administer the tests in a drive-thru format. Patients do not need to get out of their cars.
Testing for COVID-19 involves a nasopharyngeal swab, where a clinician places a special 6-inch cotton swab up both sides of the nose and rotates it around for about 15 seconds. DHEC is providing the kits and processing the testing.
Lexington Medical Center has held free COVID-19 screenings at White Knoll High School in Lexington, Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia, Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School, Schumpert’s IGA in Pelion, Irmo High School and Lexington High School. More than 4,400 people received screenings at those events.
Lexington Medical Center and DHEC are thankful for the support of the Midlands community throughout the coronavirus pandemic as they work to keep everyone healthy and safe.
Further questions about testing should be directed to DHEC at www.scdhec.gov or (803) 898-3432.
About Lexington Medical Center
Lexington Medical Center is a 508-bed hospital in West Columbia, South Carolina. It anchors a health care network that includes five community medical centers and employs a staff of more than 6,500 health care professionals. The network also has cardiovascular and oncology care affiliated with Duke Health, an occupational health center, the largest skilled nursing facility in the Carolinas, an Alzheimer’s care center and 70 physician practices. Lexington Medical Center operates one of the busiest Emergency departments in South Carolina, treating approximately 85,000 patients each year. The hospital delivers more than 3,300 babies each year and performs more than 23,000 surgeries. Lexington Medical Center has completed the largest hospital expansion in South Carolina history by creating a new patient tower that opened in 2019. Lexington Medical Center has a reputation for the highest quality care. For more information, visit LexMed.com.
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