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Members of the Fort Jackson community line up for drive through COVID-19 testing July 8 near the Palmetto Falls Water Park on post. Fort Jackson and the Medical University of South Carolina teamed up to provide the testing. Testing will also take place July 10.

A new COVID-19 testing site is now open in Columbia at Bluff Road Park.

The testing is free, and results are reported to be returned within 24 to 48 hours. It is hosted by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the Richland County Recreation Commission.

“This is a drive-through site that’s free,” said Scott Thorpe, Midlands COVID Lead for South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control. “The more tests we have, the more accurately we can track the scope of the virus in our community.”

“Participants can get results within 24-48 hours,” said Lakita Watson, Executive Director of Richland County Recreation Commission. “It’s a way to test your family’s health, a monthly habit we need to get into as we head into the holiday season.”

DHEC recommends everyone who is out in public be tested at least once a month and potentially more frequently if they are unable to follow preventive actions of mask wearing, social distancing, and avoiding crowded areas. Monthly testing is more important than ever the closer we get to the holidays.

The testing site is at Bluff Road Park at 148 Carswell Dr., Columbia. The site is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. No pre-registration is needed.

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