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Flu Clinic by Mar de Tumbo reopens, Doing Rapid COVID Testing #543907
08/04/20 06:13 AM
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As of today, the auxiliary flu clinic previously established by the Mar de Tumbo area south of San Pedro is once again opened to treat persons with flu symptoms. Priority will be given to persons with symptoms (fever, flu-symptoms, and respiratory complications). Random testing will take place in the upcoming days. Any persons manifesting the symptoms mentioned are urged to call the flu clinic at 672-0911 or 605-2433.

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Re: Flu Clinic by Mar de Tumbo reopens, Doing Rapid COVID Testing [Re: Marty] #543918
08/04/20 11:25 AM
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Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak situation, the Dr. Otto Rodrigeuz Polyclinic is now in emergency only mode at the clinic until further notice. Emergency services (for non-flu like symptoms) are available 24 hours a day.

For prescription refills call 226-2536. Your prescription will be available for pick up the next day.

If you are feeling unwell with flu-like or respiratory illness symptoms (cough, fever, body aches, loss of smell/taste, etc.) or have had contact with someone with COVID-19, call 672-0911 and self-isolate.

The San Pedro Care Center and flu clinic, located in the Mar de Tumbo area, as show on the map below, is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm to serve the community for flu-like or respiratory illness symptoms.

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Re: Flu Clinic by Mar de Tumbo reopens, Doing Rapid COVID Testing [Re: Marty] #545197
09/29/20 11:21 AM
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COVID-19 Rapid Testing available at Mar del Tumbo flu clinic

The Mar del Tumbo flu clinic south of downtown San Pedro is conducting what is formally known as rapid diagnostic tests to detect the viral proteins expressed by the COVID-19 virus. The rapid testing on the island is currently at a trial stage, and validation is done after comparing results with a PCR examination. In this trial phase, islanders with COVID-19 symptoms and those who have been in contact with a confirmed case are encouraged to visit the clinic to get their rapid test done.

According to Lorna Perez, Surveillance Officer in the Ministry of Health, the timeframe from the time of registration to the moment of getting results is around 30 minutes. Perez said that samples are still sent to Belize City to validate the results via a PCR test. Perez explained that once it is confirmed that the rapid testing is working, a PCR test will no longer be needed. “So far, we have done it in Orange Walk, and it has yielded good results,” said Perez. The rapid diagnostic tests are currently aimed at symptomatic patients and persons who have come in contact with COVID-19 patients. This rapid testing is expected to be tried in all the municipalities across the country. Perez said that after San Pedro, Belize City is next.

The clinic opens from 8AM through 5PM on weekdays, and for any emergencies, calls can be made to the phone number 672-0911.

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