Who Should Get Tested for COVID-19

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DHEC Urges Need-Based COVID-19 Testing

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) is reminding the public of the latest DHEC and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for who should get tested. Read more here.

Who should get tested?

It is currently recommended the following people should get tested for COVID-19:

  • Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Those who are fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine should be evaluated by their healthcare provider and tested for COVID-19 if indicated.
       
  • People without symptoms of COVID-19 such as:
    • People who have had close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 should be tested at least five days after the contact. The date of the contact is considered day zero.
    • People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who are prioritized for expanded community screening for COVID-19.
    • People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who have been asked or referred to get testing by their school, workplace, healthcare provider, state, tribal, local or territorial health department.

To find a testing location near you, use DHEC's COVID-19 testing locator.

Who does not need to be tested?

If I test positive, do I isolate?

  • Yes. You isolate when you are sick or have been infected, even if you don't have symptoms. Read the latest guidance on that here.

When do I quarantine?

  • You quarantine when you might have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and may or may not be infected. Read the latest guidance on that here.

Where can I get tested?

  • Find a testing location near you here.

Where can I get the vaccine?

  • Find a location offering vaccines and boosters near you here.

Additional Testing Information

  • If you have had a positive test, you do not need another test for 3 months after the test date or when symptoms began as long as you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Testing children is also important. Children may not have fever or other signs of illness yet be able to spread the virus. Your child’s provider might also test for other common illnesses, such as flu or strep throat. Testing is key to keeping you and your child safe.
  • An antibody test is done with a blood sample. This test should NOT be used to diagnose COVID-19 infection. A positive antibody indicates you were probably infected with COVID-19, but it doesn’t tell when. You should not consider yourself protected from the virus.

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