During peak COVID-19 testing in 2020 and earlier this year, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) operated a thriving drive-through test site at an old Dodge car dealership in downtown Spartanburg. As testing need decreased, it became impracticable to continue operations at the site.
As the Delta variant spawned, however, DHEC identified a need for a static test site in Spartanburg. Capitalizing on an existing relationship, DHEC partnered with SRHS to re-open the former, drive-through, test site.
“Access to services for our communities is at a critical juncture with increasing demand and fewer available resources,” said Dr. Kandi Fredere, the Upstate Region Public Health Director. “It will take creative partnering to sustain services in the coming months.”
The healthcare system provides the location and supportive functions, and DHEC provides the testing team. SRHS was also instrumental in promoting and marketing the site, including an announcement on their weekly Foundation Insider Virtual Event platform.
Less than one week after the need was initially identified, the site was up and running and producing outstanding numbers. In less than seven days of operation, the site completed 3,539 tests.
The site is offers great testing flow and operates Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 p.m. Visitors do not need an appointment, are not required to have symptoms, and do not need a testing order.