SC - Myrtle Beach doesn’t have ‘adequate’ coronavirus testing resources, leaders say

Myrtle Beach officials say there aren’t enough coronavirus testing resources in the area, as health professionals cite the lack of testing could be producing inaccurate data, providing a false sense of security.

As COVID-19 continues to spread in Horry County, along with the news that S.C. Governor Henry McMaster is expected to call for public beach access and certain retail stores to re-open statewide, Myrtle Beach City Council held an emergency meeting with health and epidemiology experts via conference call to discuss the current state of the respiratory disease as cases continue to rise.

On the call, the city’s emergency manager Bruce Arnel said that while there’s been no reported bed shortages in any area hospitals and personal protective equipment remains steady, testing for the coronavirus remains problematic.

“We do not have adequate testing resources in our area,” Arnel said.

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