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Brewer complex hosts COVID testing event

Drivers lined up their cars along North University Street and Central Avenue, all to see whether they had COVID-19.

In their most centralized mobile testing site yet, Carolina Health Centers officials tested about 450 people at their mobile testing site Wednesday at the Brewer Recreation Center. Sabrina Miller, director of the Lakelands Region Boys and Girls Club, said it’s key that Brewer is at the heart of Greenwood’s black community, as national data is increasingly showing black and Latino communities are being hit harder by the virus.

“It’s something we aim to provide anyway,” she said, “a safe environment for recreation, information and various services.”

People didn’t have to leave their vehicles to be tested in the drive-thru clinic, and a walk-up clinic allowed people without transportation to come in on foot and get tested safely.

Greenwood County Councilwoman Edith Childs has been instrumental in helping CHC organize mobile clinics, including ones in Ware Shoals, Hodges and at the Little River Multicultural Complex.

“We want everyone to be tested at no cost to them,” she said. “You don’t have to bring anything but yourself.”

At Brewer, volunteers were also helping people fill out the 2020 U.S. Census, along with helping people register to vote. Miller said collecting complete census data is essential for the health and wealth of the community, as it helps agencies disburse funds appropriately and design programs with certain populations in mind.

CHC Chief Operations Officer Miriam Ferguson said the aim with each clinic is to help get the people most at risk for serious illness from COVID-19 to get tested for it.

“The earlier you recognize the symptoms and get isolated, the better,” she said.

Other testing events hosted by Self Regional Healthcare have tested hundreds of people at a time at various locations throughout the Lakelands. In total, as of Tuesday, Self had tested more than 2,300 people through community events.

Contact staff writer Damian Dominguez at 864-634-7548 or follow on Twitter @IJDDOMINGUEZ.

COVID-19

LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

Greenwood County's confirmed death toll from COVID-19 ticked up to 14 on Thursday after state health officials verified that a resident who died on July 18 had the respiratory virus and died as a result of it.

McCormick County's administration building closed at 1 p.m. Thursday after it was determined someone who tested positive for COVID-19 was in the building, an email from Crystal Barnes, assistant to the administrator, said.

Laurens County logged four more confirmed COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, raising the number of county residents to die from the respiratory virus to 39. That does not include two Laurens County deaths listed as being probably from COVID-19.

To get tested, contact your health care provider or a local hospital, such as Self Regional Medical Center or Abbeville Area Medical Center. You may also attend a free testing clinic. Here are some that are currently planned:

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to guide daily decision-making, 8th Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo has decided to postpone first and second court appearances scheduled Aug. 14 in Greenwood County.

The Greenwood County Library is closed until further notice.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As the Lakelands and the country respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has led to state and national emergency declarations, it is vital for everyone to have up-to-date information about the virus and its spread. As such, we're providing free access to all of our COVID-19 coverage, which is available on this page.

Here's the latest information on COVID-19 from health agencies and hospitals: