Gov. McMaster will order DHEC to provide every school district with COVID-19 testing kits


COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA/WBTW) — Governor McMaster and state public health officials held a news conference Thursday afternoon to address the state’s response to COVID-19.

McMaster encouraged people to take precautions before celebrating with friends and family before celebrating Thanksgiving, and encouraged getting tested before traveling.

He also encouraged limiting the number of family and friends shopping in stores and urged people to shop online.

McMaster also will sign an executive order to provide schools in the state with COVID testing kits, “So students, teachers and staff can be tested on a regular basis in every school.” DHEC will provide the tests and school nurses will perform them with consent from parents/ guardians.

It will be up to parents to decide if they want kids to be tested, McMaster said.

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