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SC health officials notice dramatic increase in COVID-19 testing ahead of Thanksgiving – Valley Stream, New York

Valley Stream, New York 2020-11-24 17:46:50 –

Columbia, South Carolina (WSPA) — Governor Henry McMaster’s proposal to “test before turkeys” seems to have caught everyone’s attention.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environment (DHEC) said it has noticed a dramatic increase in the number of people coming out to be tested.

The state-wide free community testing site has been busy Tuesday afternoon. Fara Harrison stopped by Colombia. She will spend some time with a small group of her family on Thursday.

She said she wanted to not endanger anyone while celebrating Thanksgiving together. “It gives you the peace of mind that you will not harm or damage your grandmother or anyone else in your family.”

Tameka Alicae also took the test during the lunch break on Tuesday. “I have no signs or symptoms, but I just want to be 100% sure,” she said.

Aricae and Harrison were some of the thousands of South Carolinas tested before the turkey. “The number of people taking tests on free community-based test sites has increased two, three, or four times,” said Scott Thorpe, director of community health at DHEC Midlands.

According to DHEC, some of the more popular test sites are testing about 100 people an hour this week. Over 53,000 test results have been reported to the State Department of Health since last Friday.

“There are many options out there, and we want to make them as quick and convenient as possible,” Thorpe said.

He said testing is an effective tool for delaying the spread of COVID-19. When you take the test, you are taking steps to protect your family and community. Thorpe said: “It helps to understand where the disease is spreading. If you take daily test results, it’s a snapshot of what’s happening at a particular time. The more test results, the better the situation. Become.”

Thorpe and DHEC also want people to “test after Turkey.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 2.5 million COVID-19 tests have been conducted in South Carolina.

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