MUSC in partnership with Sandhills Medical Foundation Inc. to Conduct Free COVID-19 Testing in Camden

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in partnership with Sandhills Medical Foundation, Inc. will be conducting free COVID-19 testing in Camden at the Camden City Arena located at 420 Broad Street on Wednesday, June 10 and Friday, June 12 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Testing is available in a drive-through or walk-up format for those interested in being tested.

The South Carolina General Assembly adopted legislation in May sending $25 million to MUSC to help with statewide COVID-19 testing. The Kershaw County Legislative Delegation, including Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk, Senator Vincent Sheheen, and Senator Thomas McElveen, were instrumental in securing the Camden testing site. “It is critical that that smaller communities have access to free and extensive  testing,” said Representative Laurie Slade Funderburk. “MUSC and Sandhills Medical Foundation, Inc. have been great partners in meeting this critical need by offering free COVID-19 testing in Camden. Testing has been a great need across the state to keep South Carolinians safe and healthy. I am proud to serve our community in helping secure this testing as an important step on our road to recovery.” 

Senator Vincent Sheheen said, “Widespread testing of COVID-19 is critical to identify and treat individuals who test positive in order to prevent its spread. This testing is open to everyone and will help protect our citizens, get treatment to those who need it, and allow our frontline healthcare workers to better prepare and respond to the need.”

Testing is open to anyone that is interested in receiving it, symptomatic or not. Prescreening is not required, and the cost is free to patients. Patients will be contacted within seventy-two hours with the results of their test. Patients may email if they have questions regarding their results. If they do not have an email, they may call 843-985-8888.

Drive-through testing is recommended, but walk-up testing will also be available. For the Camden testing site, vehicular traffic should enter the Camden City Arena complex from Bull Street. The Camden Police Department will direct traffic through the complex and to the covered drive-thru for testing. 

“We appreciate the dedication of our local delegation including Representative Funderburk, Senator Sheheen, and Senator McElveen for bringing this testing to Camden,” said Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford.