UPDATE: Free COVID-19 Testing in Northern Beaufort County

UPDATE: Beaufort Memorial will host free COVID-19 testing events on July 15 and 29 in Northern Beaufort County. The event, in partnership with the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department, Beaufort City Police Department, and Lady’s Island-Saint Helena Fire Department, are part of a statewide effort to provide broad access to testing, especially in rural areas.

These events will be:

Wednesday, July 15, from 7 – 11 a.m. Lady’s Island Middle School: 30 Cougar Drive, Beaufort, SC 29907. (Enter Cougar Drive from Sea Island Parkway)

Wednesday, July 29, from 7 – 11 a.m. Battery Creek High School: 1 Blue Dolphin Drive, Beaufort, SC 29906. (Enter Blue Dolphin Drive from Jennings Road)

Pre-Testing Process: Participants are encouraged to complete and print the COVID-19 Testing Form available on the BMH website at https://www.bmhsc.org/news/free-community-covid-19-testing-events . Bring the completed form and two additional copies to the testing event. Blank forms will also be available onsite.

Testing Process: All testing is on a first-come, first-served basis. A physician’s order is not required. BMH staff will collect test specimens using kits supplied by DHEC. DHEC will run all tests through its state laboratory and communicate the results to BMH. BMH staff will notify patients about their results within 48 hours after DHEC delivers them. Participants should expect to receive results within 5 to 7 days after test collection.

Reporting Process: The BMH Infection Prevention team will call anyone who tests positive and provide detailed instructions for self-isolation, self-care, and home disinfection. Those who test negative will receive a text notification or phone call.

Good Neighbor Welcomes New Executive Director Cassi Kilpatrick RN, BSN

Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic proudly welcomes our new Executive Director, Cassi Kilpatrick RN, BSN. Cassi has been a staff member and volunteer since June of 2019. She was introduced to Good Neighbor by her daughter, Reilly, who volunteered with us throughout her time in high school. 

After growing up in her hometown of Hillsboro, Ohio, Cassi was recruited to play college softball at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. Just like that, she fell in love with our beautiful state. Although her medical sales job took her to Virginia, she soon returned back to South Carolina to raise her two daughters.

With her 12 years in medical sales, 12 years in massage therapy, and 8 years as a RN, BSN, Cassi is more than qualified for the Executive Director position at Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic. As the director, Cassi will run the day to day operations at the clinic.

Because of her passion for serving the community, Cassi is a great fit for GNFMC. According to Cassi, she chooses to work at Good Neighbor because she loves serving others and making a difference in her community. When asked about her passion for helping others, Cassi responded, “I grew up without healthcare and know the challenges that go along with a lack of access to care. I remember so many wonderful people that helped me along the way and I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to help others through my leadership of Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic.” We are so thankful for her new leadership at Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic!

Face Mask FYI

DHEC COVID-19 Face Mask PSA

To help protect others from COVID-19, DHEC encourages everyone to wear a mask or cloth face covering when in public. Visit scdhec.gov/covid19 for more information. #StaySCStrong

Posted by SC DHEC on Sunday, May 17, 2020

With the current spikes in COVID-19 cases around the state, it is important to know how to properly wear a face mask. Face masks and face coverings can help protect yourself and those around you. The CDC recommends “wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.” Wear a mask when you can’t social distance. Why? Because masks can help slow the spread of COVID-19. Check out these guidelines to learn how to slow the spread.

Wear your Face Covering Correctly

fitting a cloth facemask to your face. The mask should cover from below your chin to above your nose, and be pinched to fit the bridge of your nose snugly.
  • Wash your hands before putting on your face covering
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily

Use the Face Covering to Protect Others

people observing social distancing guidelines
  • Wear a face covering to help protect others in case you’re infected but don’t have symptoms
  • Keep the covering on your face the entire time you’re in public
  • Don’t put the covering around your neck or up on your forehead
  • Don’t touch the face covering, and, if you do, wash your hands

Follow Everyday Health Habits

Illustration of two individuals with masks on standing 6 feet apart
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

Take Off Your Cloth Face Covering Carefully, When You’re Home

Illustration of a person removing a face mask
  • Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops
  • Handle only by the ear loops or ties
  • Fold outside corners together
  • Place covering in the washing machine (learn more about how to wash cloth face coverings)
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing.

Sources:  

CDC "How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings" https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wear-cloth-face-coverings.html

DHEC "Mask Tool Kit" https://www.stayscstrong.com/mask-influencer-assets/