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Lexington Medical Center & DHEC to offer Free COVID-19 testing at West Columbia church

West Columbia, S.C. – At the request of Senators Nikki Setzler and Katrina Shealy, Lexington Medical Center and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control are working together to provide free COVID-19 testing at Brookland United Methodist Church on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. The church is located at 541 Meeting Street in West Columbia. The testing is scheduled to take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Since the pandemic began, this church has been very active in their work to build and strengthen the people of West Columbia, Cayce, and the surrounding communities. With its strong leadership and large, active congregation, they have been impacting the Midlands area daily. They are known for their life-changing programs, opportunities, and all the community services they provide.

Individuals do not need to have symptoms and no appointments are necessary, but patients must have a valid ID and wear a face mask. Clinicians will administer the tests in a drive-thru format. Patients do not need to get out of their cars.

Testing for COVID-19 involves a nasopharyngeal swab, where a clinician places a special 6-inch cotton swab up both sides of the nose and rotates it around for about 15 seconds. DHEC is providing the test kits, which will go to third-party laboratories for processing.

So far this year, Lexington Medical Center has held free COVID-19 screenings at White Knoll High School in Lexington, Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia, Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School, Shumpert’s IGA in Pelion, Irmo High School, Lexington High School, Chapin High School and Willow Ridge Church in Lexington. More than 5,000 people received screenings at those events.

Lexington Medical Center and DHEC said in a recent release they are thankful for the support of the Midlands community throughout the coronavirus pandemic as they will continue to work to keep everyone healthy and safe.

Further questions about testing should be directed to DHEC at www.scdhec.gov or (803) 898-3432.

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