Airport, MUSC to offer mobile COVID-19 testing site this week

Airport, MUSC to offer mobile COVID-19 testing site this week
The Charleston International Airport and MUSC Health are scheduled to offer a mobile COVID-19 testing site this week ahead of Thanksgiving. (Source: AP)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston International Airport and MUSC Health are scheduled to offer a mobile COVID-19 testing site this week ahead of Thanksgiving.

Leaders from the two organizations say they’re urging the community to get tested prior to any travel or holiday gatherings.

The site is scheduled to be open from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

It’s scheduled to be held on the fourth floor of the Charleston International Airport’s Daily Parking Garage. That’s located at 5500 International Boulevard in North Charleston.

Organizers say no appointment or pre-registration is required to get tested at the site.

They say the high-sensitivity, nasopharyngeal swab test is available for everyone, including those who are asymptomatic.

MUSC Health says it’s important to note that this is not a “rapid” test process, so individuals should not be tested the day of travel.

They say results will be available within 24 to 48 hours of taking the test.

Organizers ask attendees to wear a mask whether they have symptoms or not, and to bring a valid picture ID and insurance card, if applicable. They say patients under 18 years-old must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

MUSC officials say if patients have insurance, MUSC Health is required to bill that insurance provider; however, patients will not be responsible for any costs associated with testing per the CARES Act. If patients have deductibles or no insurance, they will not receive a bill, officials say.

“We strongly encourage people who are traveling for Thanksgiving to get tested before they do so,” says Dr. Patrick J. Cawley, MUSC Health CEO and Vice President of Medical Affairs at the University. “With infection rates and cases climbing all over the country, surveillance testing can help stop the spread, particularly for those who are asymptomatic but still contagious. Testing now can make a significant difference in whether or not our hospitals become overwhelmed in the weeks ahead. A safer Thanksgiving is also about ensuring a safer December holiday season for us all.”

MUSC Health says if people want a saliva test instead of the nasopharyngeal swab test, those are available by appointment for some symptomatic patients through their website.

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