Fort Jackson will be providing free COVID-19 testing for veterans, military retirees or anyone with on-base access beginning Wednesday. The testing will be held off Marion Street near the Palmetto Farms Water Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. The suggested day for all retirees to get tested is Friday.
Ft. Jackson's Commanding General, Millford Beagle said, "We are happy to partner with MUSC on this. We want to continue to be good community partners and provide these tests for those who need it."
General Beagle said that Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin brought up the idea of the partnership with MUSC with Ft. Jackson leaders. Both jumped on the opportunity to assist the public.
Though it is not a requirement to wear a mask to enter Ft. Jackson, entering any facilities on the installation does require a mask. Testing will be a drive through experience, however officials do request anyone who is coming to get tested to bring a mask with them.
Everyone being tested will be asked if they have insurance, however it is not needed to get tested.
General Beagle also commented on future endeavors with MUSC. "No promises, but we are hoping and working on making this more frequent and getting it to another level here on Ft. Jackson."
He also stressed the importance of getting tested. "This is extremely important, especially for our retirees," said General Beagle.
Though online registration is not required, it helps speed up the wait time. Registration link available HERE.
More information about testing can be found on Ft. Jackson's Facebook page.