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MANNING - A free COVID-19 mobile testing clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 27 at Manning Junior High School, 1101 W.L. Hamilton Road.
The free clinic is being hosted by McLeod Health in partnership with Prisma Health and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Prescreening is not required, and specimen collection is free. The results of the tests will be provided to patients within 72 hours.
The clinic will feature drive-through testing. Individuals who are under the age of 18 will need a parent or legal guardian present to consent to their testing.
"We are pleased to be able to offer screened access to COVID-19 testing to those in our community," said Rachel Gainey, administrator at McLeod Health Clarendon. "Testing asymptomatic individuals without known exposure is our hope to better understand the extent of COVID-19 in our area and to help stop the spread in our communities."
According to statistics from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control as of May 21, Clarendon County was no longer at the top of the state in rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents. Lee County took over the top with 1,057.76 cases per 100,000 population having the virus. Clarendon wasn't far behind in second with a rate of 853.46. While Lee County had 178 confirmed cases of the virus and 13 deaths, Clarendon exceeded those totals with 288 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 36 deaths.
In the number of deaths per county, Clarendon ranks No. 3 in the state behind two counties with significantly larger populations, Richland with 62 deaths and Greenville with 50 deaths.
Dr. Scott Sassar, incident commander over Prisma Health's COVID-19 response, said, "Testing is a priority for Prisma Health, especially providing access to communities that need it the most. We are pleased to partner with McLeod Health and DHEC to provide testing to individuals in communities."
Other organizations that are partnering to provide the free clinic include Clarendon School District Two, Clarendon County Administration, Emergency Management, Clarendon County Sheriff's Office, Manning Mayor Julia A. Nelson, South Carolina Department of Transportation, South Carolina National Guard, South Carolina Army National Guard and South Carolina Air National Guard.
"Dedicated to serving the needs of patients from the Midlands to the coast, we value our community partners as we work together to meet the needs of this community," Gainey added. "Our organizations share the same goal of the highest level of excellence in health care to those in our region."
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