Drive-thru center opens in Algarve to screen for new coronavirus

in News · 22-03-2020 19:25:00 · 1 Comments

As of today, the Algarve will have a center for the screening of covid-19, set up next to the Algarve stadium, between Faro and Loulé, allowing the tracking of cases referred by hospitals and the support line from the doctor.

The collection centre is installed in a tent, next to the main entrance of the Algarve Stadium, operating in a 'drive thru' model, that is, citizens do not need to get out of the car to carry out the test, and the service is carried out through the vehicle window.

The tests will then be analyzed at the Regional Public Health Laboratory of the Algarve, located in front of the stadium, and the answer obtained “in eight hours”, explained in a press conference the president of the Regional Health Administration (ARS) of the Algarve, Paulo Morgado.

"It is not a screening centre that is open to anyone who wants to do a test, it is to carry out analyzes on suspicious cases that have already been identified," Paulo Morgado told Lusa, on the sidelines of the center's public presentation.

That official stressed that it was only now that the structure was set up because "it is something that takes time to implement and because now is the time to do it".

Paulo Morgado stressed that the center intends to “divert people with mild symptoms from the hospital” and that the helpline to the doctor - responsible for the “validation of suspected cases” - will continue to refer cases that have “greater severity and need for hospital stay ”.

He added that the Hospital de Faro “will not fail to do the tests”, but that it has the possibility of referring “whoever considers necessary” to the center now installed.

According to that official, in the Algarve, there is the capacity to carry out “300 daily tests” to covid-19. However, ARS is looking to “increase that volume with partnerships with the university and private institutions” .´

As of 5:30 pm, the center had not yet received any suspicious cases, Lusa noted on the spot.

Before the collection site, two control points are set up, with the identification to be made by the authorities “without opening the glass” and “the person only lowers the glass at the time of the collection”, he stressed.

The screening center for covid-19 screening will be open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and "more employees will be hired to ensure 24-hour operation", if necessary, he assured.

Questioned by journalists, Paulo Morgado reaffirmed that the mandatory quarantine declared to those who arrive in the region is being “properly communicated” to visitors - since cases in the Algarve “are imported” - and that the application of this measure remains “in the conscience of each one".

"In the Algarve there have been few cases per day, but in the future there will be more, we are preparing for that. The measures taken, namely, the social distance, are essential so that there is no transmission", he reinforced.

Portugal has 14 confirmed deaths associated with the covid-19 virus, two more than on Saturday, and 1,600 infected people, 35 of whom in the Algarve, according to today's bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).

According to DGS data, there are 320 more confirmed cases of infection with the new coronavirus, which causes the covid-19 disease, than on Saturday.

Of the 1,600 infected people, the vast majority (1,431) are recovering at home, 169 are hospitalized, 41 of whom are in intensive care units, six more than on Saturday.


I need Telephone numbers to book or make appointment for screening test in Loule

By Sushil kumar from Algarve on 30-03-2020 03:55
Interactive Topics, send us your comments/opinion on this article.

Please note that The Portugal News may use selected comments in the printed edition of the newspaper.