South Carolina has only tested 33,000 residents since the beginning of March. In the last few weeks, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) has reported a minimal influx of testing. Part of the influx is attributed to SCDHEC including private lab’s negative tests in its daily COVID-19 test reports.
“Right now, there is a general feeling that we are no way of capturing the full magnitude of the number of cases out there,” Dr. Bill Hinnant, an adjunct professor at Clemson University and general counsel for Labtech Diagnostics, told WMBF News. “The most important thing in winning this war against the virus is testing, testing, testing.” New COVID-19 tests, like antibody tests, being developed promise faster and cheaper alternatives that could be one solution to increasing test capabilities across the United States.