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UMC: Don't Come to Emergency Room for COVID Testing

Daniel Prince

Spike in COVID cases resulting in much longer wait times for all patients

Union Medical Center sent out an urgent message yesterday to tell people not to visit Union Medical Center’s Emergency Department for COVID-19 testing or for symptoms that do not require emergent care. Emergency departments are experiencing record numbers of patients presenting with COVID-19 symptoms, which is resulting in significantly longer wait times for all patients, including those with emergency needs.

If you are experiencing non-life-threatening COVID-19 symptoms, like a sore throat and stuffy nose, please stay home. Consider contacting your primary care doctor or urgent care center if you need medical care for cold symptoms or non-life-threatening COVID-19 symptoms.

Union Medical Center reminds you the two locations for COVID testing right now is the Union County Health Department and Low Country Urgent Care. As we told you in yesterday’s news, Low Country Urgent Care continues to offer COVID testing Monday through Saturday from 8-8 and Sunday from 9-6. To reserve a time, visit They offer the PCR swab testing as well as the rapid PCR test.

COVID testing is also available at the Union County Health Department’s parking lot at 115 Thomas Street. They are open Monday through Friday from 8:30-5. Please pull to the white A-frame sign and call the number provided to let them know you have arrived for testing. Please remain in your car. Registration is preferred but not required. You can preregister for a test at

DHEC reminds you if you have not received your test results after 72 hours, call 1-888-697-9004, but please do not leave multiple messages. They ask that you call once and leave a message, and they will return your call. When leaving a message, provide your name, date of birth, a good contact number, the test date and testing location. The normal turnaround time for test results is 2-3 days, but due to the high demand for testing right now, they are experiencing some delays of up to 5-7 days.

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