In collaboration with MUSC, Shifa Free Clinic is able to offer COVID 19 testing at the clinic. Diagnostic COVID-19 testing (via nasal swab) is known as “COVID-19 PCR.” Currently, all diagnostic tests are done by a medical professional by taking a small amount of nasal aspirate with a nose swab. All patients can expect to receive results within 24-48 hours. No prescription is required. Please bring your ID with you. Pre-screening is not required, patients of any age will be tested regardless of ability to pay, and no copays will be charged. Individuals under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to give consent for testing.


Each site will be accessible for walk-up appointment testing. Please wear a face covering and practice social distancing upon arrival. If the patient is experiencing a serious condition, such as shortness of breath, the patient is encouraged to seek emergency medical attention immediately. Follow these steps to schedule your appointment to get tested today:

  • Request an appointment at your desired location by simply filling out this online form.
  • Choose your desired date and time.
  • Show up for testing.

Additional virtual screening is available through the Medical University of South Carolina and Roper St. Francis Healthcare.


Is there any limitations on who can get screened?

Many health experts believe that more people — including those with no symptoms of the virus — need to be tested to help prevent the virus’s spread. For anyone under age 18, a parent or guardian must request the screening.

What kind of testing will be performed?

Nasal swab PCR testing will be done.

Who will do the testing?

A licensed provider will be performing the test on you and will be providing follow up instructions as well.

Where will be my specimen sent?


How long will it take for the results?

24-72 hours.

Will I be notified of the results?

Yes, you will receive a call regarding your test results.

How often can I get the test done?

Every 2 weeks.

What if my test is positive?

Any positive patients are asked to self-quarantine. We will notify the CDC as well as the State Department of Health. A provider from Shifa Free Clinic will follow up with a Telehealth appointment sharing an appropriate care plan. If a referral is needed for monoclonal antibody, the referral will be placed by that provider to MUSC.

In addition, the DHEC Care Hotline is available to call at (855) 472-3432 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily.

What if my test is negative?

If you test negative for COVID-19 by a viral test, you probably were not infected at the time your sample was collected. However, that does not mean you will not get sick. The test result only means that you did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing.

If you test positive or negative for COVID-19, no matter the type of test, you still should take preventive measures to protect yourself and others.