At this moment, COVID-19 tests are still processed through the Institute Pasteur in Guadeloupe and then checked by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment RIVM in the Netherlands. Cargo flights via FedEx, continue to prevent disruption of that service.
“This is a great asset to the country with respect to getting results right away in determining confirmed cases. The World Health Organization (WHO) has been pushing for countries to test, and St. Maarten will definitely be complying with that in the next week if all goes well with the vetting process,” she added.
Jacobs said St. Maarten Laboratory Services (SLS) as well as this private laboratory is already able to carry out tests for 19 other types of cold/flu-like viruses.
This will be the direction in which Collective Prevention Services (CPS) will be going. “Once someone shows symptoms, first we test for the spectrum of the 19 [tests – Ed.] that we have, and then if it comes out negative for any of those, the test for COVID-19 is [carried out]. .
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