HSA launches COVID drive-through testing

Cars line up at the new drive-through testing site at the Cayman Islands Hospital. - Photo: HSA

Frontline workers can now get screened at two drive-through test sites at the Cayman Islands Hospital.

The Health Services Authority set up the drive-through screening tents last week, according to a press release, which also stated that the HSA lab has been expanded to increase the number of samples it can process each day.

HSA CEO Lizzette Yearwood said in the release that she was pleased with how the drive-through screening has gone since opening last week. “There are many logistics and steps in the process to ensure it operates as efficiently as possible,” she said.

A driver is tested for COVID-19 outside the Cayman Islands Hospital. – Photo: HSA

The process, similar to the one that has been in operation at CTMH Doctors Hospital, takes approximately five minutes.

The HSA has expanded physical laboratory space at the Cayman Islands Hospital, has partnered with a private lab, and has hired and trained additional laboratory staff in order to increase testing capacity.

“It has been a tremendous effort from many persons to get us to this point, and we continue to look at ways to further increase testing capacity,” said Yearwood. “These latest improvements and expansions are a significant step in the right direction to increase testing.”

Currently, the Public Health Department is scheduling appointments with frontline workers. Phase 2 frontline workers and a percentage of construction workers are currently being scheduled for screenings, the HSA said.

“HSA, Public Health and the Chief Medical Officer are working together to prioritise persons or business who are deemed essential frontline workers,” the release stated.

“There are thousands of individuals that are deemed frontline workers, so it will take a few weeks to get through the majority. We understand there is anxiety in the general population to be tested so we making all efforts to screen as many eligible persons as possible,” said Medical Officer of Health Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez. “In addition to the drive-through screening, members from Public Health are also conducting screenings on-site for larger businesses, which enables employees to be swabbed without having to leave the workplace.”

People who are screened for COVID-19 will receive results through the online MyHSA Patient Portal, which provides a secure method to accessing lab results, the HSA said. Everyone screened will be provided a free patient portal account.

Public Health will contact anyone who tests positive for COVID by phone.

Williams-Rodriguez said the HSA was also sending Doctors Hospital various businesses to be screened. He added that Health City Cayman Islands would be an additional screening site for essential workers in the eastern districts.

All screening facilities are by appointment only and businesses will be contacted by Public Health for specific testing times.

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1 COMMENT

  1. A commendable job being undertaken indeed.
    All the staff involved in this mobile testing facilities need to be praised for the frontline work they are doing.
    It is my personal opinion, that if the frontline staff ( be it government or private run enterprises)all over the island has been tested, that should result in the very near fact on exactly where are we heading.
    The whole process is a game of elimination.
    I am sure by now, it has become very clear in people’s minds the seriousness of this matter. The awareness it has created will be here to stay for a long time and eventually become a way of life.
    I can see light at the end of the tunnel, and as we all approach this, we can start carrying on with our daily life.
    We as a human race are all creatures of habit and it has not been easy on anyone to be locked up and refrained from our normal activities.
    Keep up the good work. We are almost there.
    My salute to all efforts.
    Guri