MUSC Health COVID-19 Testing & Lab Options

MUSC Health is offering a variety of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) testing and collection options throughout South Carolina. There are no age restrictions on who may be screened through MUSC Virtual Urgent Care, though some restrictions may apply to specimen collections.

Find a list of frequently updated mobile collection locations, which do not require an appointment.

What do you want to do?

Free COVID-19 Screening

If you are currently experiencing a possible respiratory illness or “COVID-19-like” symptoms, please access the MUSC Health Virtual Urgent Care online platform. Use the promo code “COVID19” for a free screening.

Virtual Urgent Care online platform tip sheet (PDF).

Insurance

While the screening is free, specimen collections and subsequent laboratory processing will be billed to the patients’ insurance provider or considered self-pay. The MUSC Health financial assistance team is available to patients encountering difficulties with payment.

As MUSC continues to monitor COVID-19, testing, locations and schedules are subject to change.

COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing By Appointment (via nasal swab)

Diagnostic COVID-19 testing (via nasal swab) is known as “COVID-19 PCR.” Currently, all diagnostic tests are done by a medical professional by taking a small amount of nasal aspirate with a nose swab. All patients can expect to receive results within 72 hours.

Testing sites requiring appointments:

Holiday hours may vary. Call 843-876-7227 to confirm.

Individuals who receive a referral from MUSC Health Virtual Urgent Care following a free screening may be scheduled for the following:

MUSC Health drive-thru sites, where individuals must remain in their enclosed vehicle:

  • Charleston International Airport: 4th floor of new parking garage, 5500 International Boulevard North Charleston, SC 29418
    Every Wednesday and Friday, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • MUSC Health Charleston: former Verizon Call Center, 2401 Mall Dr. North Charleston, SC 29406.
    Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • MUSC Health Florence Medical Center: 1580 Freedom Blvd., Florence, SC 29505
    Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • MUSC Health Marion: 2829 E Highway 76 Mullins, SC 29574.
    Monday through Friday, 8 to 10 a.m.
  • MUSC Health Lancaster: 1010 North Woodland Dr. Lancaster, SC 29720.
    Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

MUSC Health partner sites:

  • Doctors Care Cayce: 977 Knox Abbott Dr. Cayce, SC 29203
  • Doctors Care Congaree: 701 Congaree Rd. Greenville, SC 29607
  • Hampton Regional Medical Center: 595 W Carolina Ave Varnville, SC 29944
  • Tidelands Health: 
    • Tidelands Health Medical Park South Building: 4367 Riverwood Drive Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
    • Tidelands Health Family Medicine: 1075 North Fraser Street, Georgetown SC 29440

Note: These sites are not self-select drive-thru or walk-up services for anyone with a general health concern. Individuals who report to these sites for specimen collection without a testing order and scheduled appointment through the MUSC MyChart patient portal will not be allowed to enter. If you have symptoms and want to be screened for COVID-19, please visit MUSC Health Virtual Urgent Care. The screening is free when you use code COVID19.

MUSC Health Preoperative patients

If you are an MUSC Health patient with an upcoming procedure, you may be asked to complete COVID-19 testing prior to your scheduled appointment. An MUSC Health care team member will contact you directly to coordinate the details of this process and where to go for testing based on your specific case.

Antibody Testing (via blood specimen)

This is often referred to as a serology test, immunity test or immune test. It determines whether you have developed antibodies to Sars-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Individuals who wish to be tested can use MUSC Virtual Urgent Care to complete a COVID-19 (coronavirus) visit. Select “yes” on the additional information question and enter #covidimmunity in the comments section. Virtual Care will determine eligibility for serologic testing. Eligible candidates will be prompted through MUSC MyChart to visit a designated lab for a blood draw. Testing is available at select locations in the Charleston, Florence and Lancaster divisions. Results will be available in MyChart within 48 to 72 hours. Read more about antibody testing.