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DHEC distributes 15 rapid-response COVID-19 testing devices

Staff Report //April 28, 2020//

DHEC distributes 15 rapid-response COVID-19 testing devices

Staff Report //April 28, 2020//

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The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has deployed 15 rapid-response COVID-19 testing devices to facilities across the state.

The Abbott ID NOW rapid-response test recently received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, and South Carolina received 15 machines from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to a news release from DHEC. The rapid-test devices, which process nasal swabs and can provide results within 15 to 20 minutes, were distributed to facilities including Lexington Medical Center and the S.C. Department of Corrections.

DHEC said it considered the number of positive cases in a region, as well as regions with rates above the state average for underlying conditions including diabetes, hypertension and chronic diseases. The agency also took into account a facility’s capacity to expand testing to rural communities.

DHEC has requested more rapid-test machines and testing supplies.

“This specialized technology will help us increase testing for those who are most susceptible to this disease and who live in areas of our state where access to COVID-19 testing isn’t easily accessible,” Dr. Joan Duwve, DHEC director of public health, said in the news release. “We wish every healthcare facility in the state could be provided with these new instruments, but until then, we’ve prioritized their distribution to the places where we hope they can have the biggest and best impact for South Carolinians.”

The machines were delivered last week, DHEC said, and additional testing supplies are being distributed today to the following facilities:  

  • Kershaw Health (Kershaw County)
  • Self Regional Healthcare (Greenwood County)
  • Piedmont Medical Center (York County)
  • Regional Medical Center: Orangeburg Hospital (Orangeburg County)
  • Bon Secours Health System (Greenville County)
  • AnMed Health (Anderson County)
  • Aiken Regional Medical Center (Aiken County)
  • McCleod Health Clarendon (Clarendon County)
  • Spartanburg Regional Healthcare (Spartanburg County)
  • Coastal Carolina Hospital (Jasper County)
  • MUSC Health Marion (Marion County)
  • Williamsburg Regional Hospital (Williamsburg County)
  • Lexington Medical Center (Lexington County)
  • Al Cannon Detention Center (Charleston County)
  • S.C. Department of Corrections