Coronavirus Updates & Hospital Visitor Policy

MUSC Health Lab & Testing Options

MUSC is continuing to expand testing offerings and locations throughout South Carolina in partnership with care providers and community leaders throughout the state. In response to COVID-19 and South Carolina’s unique needs, several testing and care options have been developed.

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. There are no age restrictions on who may be screened. 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.

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.

COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing (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

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:

  • MUSC Health West: outside of Citadel Mall, 2060 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Charleston, SC 29407.
    Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • MUSC Health Florence Medical Center: Floyd Conference Center, 1592 Freedom Boulevard, Florence, SC 29505.
    Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • MUSC Health Marion: 2829 E Highway 76 Mullins, SC 29574.
    Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 10:00 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 Mauldin: 793 East Butler Rd. Mauldin, SC 29662
  • Hampton Regional Medical Center: 595 W Carolina Ave Varnville, SC 29944
  • Tidelands Health: locations vary

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.

Walk up & Drive-thru free COVID-19 Diagnostic testing

MUSC continues to expand testing availability to reach rural and underserved communities across South Carolina through mobile testing and collection sites. The following sites do not require an appointment. Locations are subject to change. All patients can expect to receive results within 5 to 7 business days.

Welfare Baptist Church
2176 Bolt Drive, Belton, S.C. 29627
Open: June 11, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Backlot
139 Cadz Street Chester, S.C. 29706
Open: May 29, June 3 and 5, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Iola Jones Park
800 Oakland Avenue, Florence, S.C. 29506.
Open: June 1 through 5, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Johnsonville High School
237 South Georgetown Highway, Johnsonville, S.C. 29555
Open: June 5, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Lake City
The Continuum
208 W. Main Street, Lake City, S.C. 29560
Open: June 3, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Orangeburg County Fairgrounds
350 Magnolia Street Orangeburg, S.C. 29115
Open: June 2 and 4, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Fairfield Middle School
728 US-321 BYP Winnsboro, S.C. 29180
Open: 3, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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 (hyperlink to 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.

Other lab collection (non-COVID) and check-in sites

MUSC Health ambulatory services is offering drive-in lab specimen collection and check-in sites for patients needing regular blood draws and blood pressure checks, but who may not wish to enter a facility to complete these services. Patients who need these services will receive lab orders from their MUSC providers. Learn more drive-in labs here.

Note: these services do not include COVID-19 specimen collection. Those services are separated, even if physically located outdoors in the same general location.

All efforts will be made to match patients with their preferred location below, beginning Wednesday, May 6:

MUSC Health Primary Care Springview
87 Springview Lane, Summerville
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

MUSC Health East Cooper Medical Pavilion
1600 Midtown Avenue, Mount Pleasant
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

MUSC Health Rutledge Tower
135 Rutledge Avenue, Charleston
Monday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.