In their attempt to identify asymptomatic people who could be carriers of the virus that causes the COVID-19, the Health Department reported this afternoon that it will perform antigen tests at the country’s tolls free of charge.
“The initiative is intended to impact asymptomatic people who are carriers of the virus, without knowing it. For this reason, the tests will be available to anyone who is interested in taking them and will be administered free of charge. The effort will be replicated during the following weekends, at all tolls on the island “said the Secretary of Health, Lorenzo González Feliciano, in written statements to the press.
Nurses, epidemiologists and health experts will administer the tests and offer guidance to the public to avoid the spread of more infections and avoid the increase in positive cases in Puerto Rico.
For their part, personnel from the Municipal System for Case Investigation and Contact Tracking (SMIRC), who lead the effort called COVIVEO, throughout the archipelago, will be active in the process and will guide all those who are positive about the processes of isolation, as well as the investigation of cases and the tracing of contacts, according to each case.
“We have impacted several municipalities with the administration of antigen tests. With these tests, citizens can have results in 15 minutes and take immediate action to avoid infecting others. The test will be carried out in car-service mode, so it is not necessary for people to get out of their vehicles and can continue the march, without delaying the process. Our staff will insert the information into our electronic system and identify positive people to guide them on the next steps to follow “explained the epidemiologist Fabiola Cruz, in charge of the SMIRC.
On the other hand, Metropistas is supporting the initiative to guarantee safety for both citizens and experts who will be working on the effort. The tests will be administered in the refueling lane of the José De Diego expressway, at the Buchanan toll, in the direction of Bayamón to San Juan.
The municipality of Bayamón will also be offering support to municipal epidemiologists.