Dutch Fork High and Middle Schools will be hosting a COVID-19 community testing event this Saturday May 23 from 10 am – 2 pm.

Prisma Health is offering the testing event, but cautioned that the drive-through events could be impacted by scattered thunderstorms predicted later this week.

Be sure to to check media outlets or Prisma Health’s COVID-19-information website at prismahealth.org/coronavirus to make sure the events have not been cancelled due to inclement weather. Dutch Fork High and Middle Schools are at 1400 Old Tamah Road in Irmo.

The community testing, done in partnership with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and state agencies, will reach populations who may not otherwise have access to traditional testing or online virtual visits.

The community testing sites are only intended for free community testing. Physician-ordered testing for patients who already have providers, have completed a Virtual Visit or need pre-surgical testing should take place at hospital-based testing sites as instructed by their providers.

At the testing sites:

  • People will be tested for active COVID-19 infections.
  • No one needs a doctor’s order.
  • Testing will be given regardless of ability to pay.
  • No appointment is needed.
  • Spanish-speaking Prisma Health team members will be available at every site.
  • All those taking part will be given masks when they arrive. They will also be asked to maintain social distancing. 
  • Test results should come back within four days.
  • Everyone tested will receive follow-up information about test results – whether positive or negative – from providers at Prisma Health.
  • Everyone will get tips on isolating at home if sick, caring for themselves and seeking more help if symptoms worsen.

Additional sites are expected to be announced in the weeks to come. For details, visit https://www.prismahealth.org/coronavirus.