Mayor McClary and Sandra Gillard

Andrews Mayor Frank McClary welcomes the new health facility in his town at St. James Health and Wellness grand opening on May 13, 2020.

Andrews residents will no longer have to travel far for a COVID test as a new facility opens in town.

St. James Health and Wellness, formerly the St. James-Santee Family Health Center, will now conduct COVID-19 testing at their Andrews site. Located on East Main Street, the once previous unoccupied white building was purchased by St. James to be home to services offered by health professionals to the community.

Due to the limited testing in the area, the site hopes to limit travel to other cities for residents that need the available service in Andrews.

“This will be much easily for the people of the greater Andrews area,” Dr. Jennifer Bailey of Georgetown Pediatrics Center said.

CEO Sandra Gillard acknowledged the limited testing in rural communities in Georgetown County, as well as South Carolina, and said while it was difficult, they are starting to see more test kits become available to health care professionals and, therefore, in their communities.

“It was a challenge getting testing, but now testing is manufactured more. As we do a test they’re able to replenish the test,” she said. “We’re in a cycle now where we can get the test to our community

Dr. Jennifer Bailey

Dr. Jennifer Bailey explains the procedures at the St. James Health and Wellness Center.

Dr. Bailey of Georgetown Pediatrics Center said this is not the antibody test that tells you if you had it in the past, but if you currently have it.

“This will be most helpful for our citizens who have symptoms so that we can truly see if they have an issue or a problem,” she said. “That is what this test is most useful for.”

The site is taking walk-ins and encourages people to call them to set up an appointment.

Test results can often vary but they said it should come back within three to five days.

Testing is also available at the other locations:

North-Santee Sampit

2482 Powell Road, Georgetown; Tele (843) 527-7940

Hours: Monday- Friday 8 a.m- 5 p.m

Choppee

8189 Choppee Road, Georgetown; Tele (843) 527-7940

Hours: Monday- Friday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m

Georgetown

422 Fraser Street; Tele (843) 436-1336

Hours: Monday- Friday 8 a.m- 5 p.m.

McClellanville

1189 Tibwan Road, McClellanville; Tele (843) 887-3274

Hours: Monday- Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Georgetown Pediatrics

57 Jessamine Avenue; Tele (843) 546-8686

Hours: Monday- Friday 8 a.m- 5 p.m; Sat: 8 a.m- 12 p.m

Andrews COVID Testing Site

411 E. Main Street, Andrews; Tele (843) 264-1223

Hours: Monday- Friday 10 a.m- 2 p.m