The Government has issued new information about the testing centers, saying that “the new testing protocols will allow three additional testing methods” and also confirming that the Perot Post Office center will be used for travelers.
A Government spokesperson said, “Minister Wilson also took this opportunity to remind the public of the expanded coronavirus testing programme.
“The new testing protocols will allow three additional testing methods to be used:
- Oropharyngeal test – the test sample is collected from the back of the throat by a trained swabber. This test is for those directed to get a test by a Healthcare professional. This test used on children and adults with a history of nasal problems.
- The Nasal Mid-Turbinate test – the sample is collected from both nostrils, is self-administered and observed by a trained swabber. This test is for travelers and people who are concerned they may have been exposed to a confirmed case.
- The Saliva test – the sample is self-administered and observed by a trained administrator. This test is for travelers and people who are concerned they may have been exposed to a confirmed case.
“The additional testing protocols will enable the Ministry to use its staff more efficiently and thereby increase our capacity. The testing will take place at the following locations:
Star of India and Penno’s Wharf
“These testing sites are for those who wish to know their COVID-19 Status, as well as anyone concerned that they might have COVID-19, and outbound travelers (who are residents). Tests conducted at this site are Saliva PCR and Nasal Mid-Turbunate PCR.
“Both of these tests are self-administered, while being monitored by a health professional on site. If a person thinks they have been exposed to someone that has COVID-19 or are feeling unwell, please book an appointment at the Bulls Head location.
A very important note – individuals cannot eat, drink, smoke or chew gum 30 minutes prior to test.
- Only book one person and one spot at a time.
- Please bring the confirmation number provided, via the email confirmation, with you for your screening.
- Please bring a photo ID to your appointment. If your child is to be tested, please make every effort to bring an ID for them also (passport, birth certificate) or an official Government OCMO/ESU letter confirming a test appointment.
“This testing site is used for outbreaks, close contacts and symptomatic clients and will only provide Nasopharyngeal (NP) and Oropharyngeal (OP) testing.
Perot Post Office – Operating seven days a week, 10:00am – 5:00pm
“This testing site is used for Travelers (visitors and residents flying into Bermuda) and Outbound Travelers (visitors only) . This location will be used for their day 4, 8, 14 and outbound tests, and will only provide Nasopharyngeal (NP) and Oropharyngeal (OP) testing.
“Testing times are emailed to travellers.”
Minister Wilson concluded, “We continue to encourage residents to get vaccinated. If you haven’t already done so, please register to get vaccinated because vaccination is not only the the key to our freedom, but it can also save lives.
“We all have a role to play in stopping the spread of the coronavirus. Please follow Public Health guidelines, wear a mask, practice good hand hygiene, maintain physical distance and download the WeHealth Bermuda app.”