South Carolina continued to rank No. 49 nationally on Sunday in terms of the percentage of its population getting tested – even though state lawmakers appropriated an additional $45 million to SCDHEC over a month ago for more testing. The agency entered the current fiscal year with a $105.8 million surplus so not sure why it needed the extra $45 million.
According to The COVID Tracking Project, only 1,726 completed tests had been conducted in South Carolina per every 100,000 citizens – putting the Palmetto State ahead of only Virginia (1,710 completed tests per 100,000 citizens) on this key metric.
Testing for the virus and its antibodies is necessary to determine how safe we are to reopen.