COVID-19: Symptomatic people will no longer tested – Dr Fong

Health workers at the vaccination drive-through at the FNU Campus in Nasinu. Picture: FT FILE

People who are symptomatic in the Suva-Nausori corridor will no longer be tested for COVID-19.

Instead, they should stay at home and strictly self-isolate for 14 days.

Ministry of Health permanent secretary Dr James Fong made this known in last night’s COVID-19 update statement, saying most people infected with COVID-19 would only have mild symptoms like cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever, loss of taste or smell, body ache, headache, and could fully recover at home.

He also asked lower-risk individuals with COVID symptoms to stay at home for 14 days, isolate from other family members, and to continue monitoring their symptoms for severe COVID-19.

He has also advised that for those individuals who develop any signs of severe COVID-19 – like difficulty breathing or chest pain – to immediately present to one of the dedicated health facilities:

  • CWM hospital
  • FEMAT Hospital, Vodafone Arena (Laucala Bay).

Individuals in Nausori with severe symptoms should go to:

  • Nausori Health Centre
  • Wainibokasi Hospital.

Others who are unable to travel to a medical facility are advised to call 165.

“If you or someone you are caring for is at high risk of severe COVID – in particular individuals over 50 years, have a chronic illness such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, asthma, are obese, or are pregnant – we need you to get in touch right away and visit one of our screening clinics,” Dr Fong said.

“If you test positive, then we will ensure you are provided immediate care by our health teams.”

Dr Fong said symptomatic workers who needed official leave from work were recommended to attend the nearest screening clinic to be checked and to obtain a medical certificate for the 14 days home isolation.

He said they could also obtain a medical certificate for the 14 days self-isolation at home from participating general practitioners.

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