The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control responded to what it called “issues with multiple COVID-19 testing vendors and reporting facilities for failures to process tests and report results and case counts.”
Mace said she got tested Monday morning after one of her children tested positive for Covid-19. She said she is feeling okay and will be working from home in Charleston as she quarantines and recovers.
“We know people are frustrated about long lines and the turnaround time for test results, but if more people were vaccinated, this surge and subsequent demand for testing likely wouldn’t be as drastic as it is,” DHEC said in a statement.
The threat of Omicron, a rise in COVID cases due to increased holiday travel, and other seasonal viruses has South Carolina health officials on guard this winter. However, they hope wider availability of rapid COVID test kits will help keep South Carolinians safe.