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DHEC urges need-based COVID-19 testing, indicates guidance reminder

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 13, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC — With the recent surge in demand for COVID-19 testing in South Carolina and nationwide, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reminds the public of the latest guidelines from DHEC and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for who should get tested.

Individuals should definitely have it tested if she:

  • to have COVID-related symptoms
  • have had a known exposure to a COVID-positive person
  • working in a high-risk environment for potential exposure

Individuals should not be tested if she:

  • have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past three months and have no COVID-related symptoms

Early in the pandemic response, when the cases and the number of people tested were not that high, DHEC encouraged residents with no symptoms or known exposure to get tested for screening purposes. This helped our state learn more about the spread of disease in our communities by collecting positive and negative test results. However, at this point we know that: community transmission is high in South Carolina and the nation.

DHEC continues to encourage all eligible South Carolinians to be fully vaccinated and energized, to continue to wear masks when indoors in public places or large outdoor gatherings, and to maintain social distancing where possible. Find a vaccine location near you on our vaccine locator page.

Click on the following links to learn more about the latest guidelines on: to test, insulation and quarantine.

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