Coastal Carolina to end drive up COVID-19 testing next week

Coastal Carolina to end drive up COVID-19 testing next week
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HILTON HEAD, S.C. (WTOC) - Vaccination numbers have been tapering off over the last week and another COVID precaution has also been slowing down recently and now hospitals are making changes in response to demand.

Since early last fall, Lowcountry residents have been able to drive through at Hilton Head Hospital or the Station at Coastal Carolina Hospital, and get tested for COVID-19. But as of next Thursday, that will no longer be an option. And the hospital says that’s a good thing.

Since Hilton Head Regional and Coastal Carolina Hospital began free community COVID-19 testing last fall they have performed over 40,000 drive-through tests. In January the hospital says they saw about 2,000 tests a week. Now, they are down to just a few hundred a week.

The hospital group also says at the moment they only have two positive COVID patients total at both hospitals. Due to the decreased demand and lower COVID rates, they have decided they will no longer offer drive-through testing sites at their hospitals.

For those who planned on getting tested at the hospital they have two more days available, Monday, April 26 and Thursday, April 29 between 8 and 12 P.M. After that, they suggest those who want to get tested use the resources provided by DHEC to find a testing site that will work for them.

“DHEC has done a great job bringing testing to our community. So they are currently offering testing seven days a week, free of charge, behind Tanger two outlets. We’ve got that and we’ve also got testing at Beaufort County Government office and at Jasper County Government office as well. One day a week. So these new resources combined with a decline in demand for testing let us to make the decision to end testing after next Thursday,” said HHI Regional CEO Jeremy Clark.

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