COVID-19 Testing

There will not be mandatory surveillance testing for the general student body during fall 2021. Specific student groups may be required to test, and details will be communicated to those groups.  

COVID-19 testing will be offered by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to people of any age and by the University of South Carolina (USC) to people 16 and older. USC testing will be a saliva-based test.

 

Fall test dates:

Tuesday, October 19th - DHEC (9 a.m.-3 p.m., STERN CENTER - GLEBE STREET)

Wednesday, October 20th - MUSC (10 a.m.-4 p.m., Green Way between Sottile House and Communications)

Thursday, October 21st - MUSC (10 a.m.-4 p.m., Green Way between Sottile House and Communications)

Monday, October 25th - MUSC (10 a.m.-4 p.m., Green Way between Sottile House and Communications)

Wednesday, October 27th - USC (10 a.m.-2 p.m., STERN CENTER Ballroom)

Tuesday, November 2nd - DHEC (9 a.m.-3 p.m., STERN CENTER - GLEBE STREET)

Wednesday, November 10th - USC (10 a.m.-2 p.m., STERN CENTER Ballroom)

Tuesday, November 16th - DHEC (9 a.m.-3 p.m., STERN CENTER - GLEBE STREET)

Thursday, November 18th - MUSC (10 a.m.-4 p.m., Green Way between Sottile House and Communications)

Monday, November 22nd - MUSC (10 a.m.-4 p.m., Green Way between Sottile House and Communications)

Monday, November 29th - MUSC (10 a.m.-4 p.m., Green Way between Sottile House and Communications)

Tuesday, November 30th - DHEC (9 a.m.-3 p.m., STERN CENTER - GLEBE STREET)

Wednesday, December 1st - MUSC (10 a.m.-4 p.m., Green Way between Sottile House and Communications)

Wednesday, December 8th - USC (10 a.m.-2 p.m., STERN CENTER, Room 205)

Tuesday, December 14th - DHEC (9 a.m.-3 p.m., STERN CENTER - GLEBE STREET)

 

For DHEC testing, check in at https://covidtest.dhec.sc.gov or using the QR code below.

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For USC testing, check in at USC Testing or using the QR code below.

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LOCAL SC DRIVE-UP TESTING SITES

For a list of testing locations in South Carolina, please visit S..C DHEC’s website.

COVID-19 TESTING LOCATIONS

Name Phone Address Hours Details
Access Healthcare 843.853.8870 235 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Monday- Friday
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
After hours by appointment

Type of test(s): PCR, Rapid antigen, Rapid PCR

Appt required: Yes (call ahead)

Cost: Send-out PCR - $55 during regular hours. Rapid Antigen - $135.  Rapid PCR - $335. After hours and weekends - $55 charge

Results in: 2-3 days for send-out, 15 minutes for rapid

Dottie’s Pharmacy 843.501.9500. 5 Folly Road, Charleston, SC –James Island Roper Building near Duke’s BBQ — past Folly and Maybank Drive-up testing Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Type of test(s): Rapid Test or Send-out PCR

Appt required: No

Cost: $75 for rapid test and $150 for PCR
Results in: Rapid within 15 minutes, Send-out PCR results within 24-48 hours

How to access: Complete form at https://dotspharmacy.com/or call 

This is a mail-in test that you can request online, collect your own sample and then mail to a lab for processing.

Fetter Health Care 843.722.4112
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51 Nassau Street
Charleston, SC 29403

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 a.m.– 10 a.m.;

Tuesday and Thursday,
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Type of test(s): PCR

Appt required: Yes (call ahead or online)

Cost: Services at Franklin C. Fetter are offered on a sliding scale based on income

If students have access to a car they can go to other Fetter testing sites off of the peninsula https://www.fettercovid19screening.org/charleston-county 

Healthfirst 843.300.3355 1115 Savannah Highway
Charleston, SC 29407
Monday- Sunday
8 a.m.–8 p.m. (For rapid tests, encourage patients to arrive before 7:00pm. )

Type of test(s): PCR, Rapid antigen

Appt required: No, walk-in, but may go online to “Save My Spot

Cost: An appointment with a provider is required for testing here.  If a patient has insurance, the cost will depend on co-pay. Without insurance, the cost is $195 for a send-out or rapid test.

Results in: 2-5 business days for send-out, 15 minutes for the rapid test

Holy City Med 2039 Savannah Highway
Charleston, SC 29407
Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-8 p.m. 
Saturday
8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Type of test(s): PCR, Rapid antigen

Appt required: Yes 

Cost: $100 for rapid tests and PCR send outs

Results in: Rapid test within 20 minutes, sendouts in 3-5 days

Labcorp Pixel

Type of test(s): PCR - mail-in PCR test requested online

Appt required: No

Cost: Will depend on insurance coverage. May be no cost with insurance

Results in: 3-4 days

How to access: Order kit online at https://www.pixel.labcorp.com/covid-19
This is a mail-in test that you can request online, collect your own sample, and then mail to a lab for processing.

MEDcare Express Urgent Care: West Ashley 843.793.6093 1850 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
Charleston, SC 29407
Monday-Sunday
8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Type of test(s): PCR, Rapid antigen

Appt required: No

Cost: Depends on insurance coverage. PCR or Rapid Antigen – $195.

Results in: All results within 3 days

MEDcare Express Urgent Care: North Charleston 843.552.3629 8720 Dorchester Rd
North Charleston, SC 29420
Monday-Sunday
8 a.m. -8 p.m.

Type of test(s): PCR, Rapid antigen

Appt required: No

Cost: Depends on insurance coverage. PCR or Rapid Antigen – $195.

Results in: All results within 3 days

MUSC Health R. Keith Summey Medical Pavilion 2250 Mall Drive
North Charleston, SC 29406
Monday-Sunday
7:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Type of test(s): PCR

Appt required: Yes, Schedule online using the MUSC link

Cost: Free/ will bill insurance

MUSC Virtual Care 20 Ehrhardt St
Charleston, SC 29403
Monday-Friday
7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday
7:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Type of test(s): PCR

Appt required: Must have a COVID-19 testing referral

Cost: Free/ will bill insurance

Premier Medical

Type of test(s): PCR
Appt required: No
Cost: Will depend on insurance coverage; Self pay - PCR – $94 (asymptomatic), $129 (symptomatic includes provider visit)
Results in: 3-7 days
How to access: Visit https://premiermedicalsc.com/content/COVID-19.html to access the required paperwork.

Renew Medical and IV Spa 843.800.8110 or text 843.410.8957 442 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Monday-Friday
9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday
9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Type of test(s): PCR, currently no rapid test

Appt required: Yes, call or text to schedule

Cost: $100 for test

Results in: 3 business days 

S.C. County Health Departments 1.855.472.3432

Type of test(s): Saliva Testing Kits

Cost: Free

Results in: Typically 48-78 hours after the kit has been mailed

Those interested may go to their local health department to receive a kit to take home. The kit provides instructions on collecting the saliva and includes an envelope to mail to the lab. 

S.C. DHEC

 Type of test(s): PCR