COVID-19 TESTING IN ANTIGUA AND FAQSSaturday 8th August 2020
With the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Mount St. John’s Medical Centre understands that you are concerned and worried. Please rest assured that we are following guidelines from local, regional and international health authorities, and that the health and safety of our patients, employees and community is always our highest concern.
Here are answers to Frequently Asked Questions about PCR Testing for COVID-19.
(Download the FAQs PDF version here, and Test Request Form here).
When will COVID-19 testing begin? Testing has already begun. If you require a test for the purposes stated below, please complete a request form following the steps outlined (see below). Who can get a COVID-19 test?
- Patients scheduled for elective surgeries. This includes pregnant women with planned cesareans
- Persons travelling abroad
What does the test consist of? What is the process?
Generally, the test involves a swab (“q-tip”) inserted into the back of the person’s nostrils.
When will my results be ready and how will I be informed?
Test results are available Tuesdays and Thursdays by 6pm. Notification is done by email (COVIDresults@msjmc.org). It is very important that you provide accurate and complete information when completing your PCR Test Request Form as this is what is used to send your results.
NOTE: There may be instances in which COVID-19 test results are referred to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). This could delay your test result. If this happens, efforts will be made to contact you via email or phone.
Do I need a referral from my doctor to get this test?
No. The goal is to provide easier access thereby further reducing any barriers to testing. All you need to do is complete the COVID-19 PCR Test Request Form – Make Payment – Make an Appointment. PCR Test Request Forms are available at the MSJMC Information Desk, Outpatient Clinic and our Admissions & Billing Department. You can also find a printable copy on the MSJMC Facebook page.
Requirement Documents (needed when making payment)
- Completed PCR Test Request Form o Government issued picture ID
- Copy of your travel itinerary (for travelers)
Will I have to pay for the COVID-19 test?
Yes. There is a cost associated with getting the test. It is:
- $300 XCD – Antigua & Barbuda citizen AND Citizens of CARICOM member states
- $300 USD – ALL others
NOTE: Payment must be made at least three (3) working days prior to test. For those with private health insurance, please check with your insurance company regarding any reimbursement as there may be restrictions on what is covered.
Is there a specific schedule for testing - And what’s required?
Yes. Here are the details…
Testing Days: Weekdays from 2pm to 4pm (APPOINTMENTS ONLY)
NOTE: Please ensure you have the following ready for your appointment:
- Completed PCR Test Request Form
- Proof of payment (receipt)
How do I get an appointment for my test?
To schedule an appointment, send an email with your full name and receipt number to: COVIDresults@msjmc.org.
What if I have other questions?
For other questions or concerns related to COVID-19 testing, please call 484-2788/13 or send an email to COVIDresults@msjmc.org.
General COVID-19 Testing Info
Can I test negative and later test positive on a viral test for COVID-19?
Yes, it is possible. You may test negative if the sample was collected early in your infection and test positive later during this illness. You could also be exposed to COVID-19 after the test and get infected then. Even if you test negative, you still should take steps to protect yourself and others.
What do I do while waiting for my results?
Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Wear a face covering when you are around others; clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Pay attention to your health. If you begin developing symptoms of COVID-19 and they get worse, please call your doctor.
If you are having a medical emergency, such as difficulty breathing, call 911. Tell the 911 operator that you were tested for COVID-19 and are waiting for results.
What should I do if I believe I may have COVID-19?
Stay away from other people to avoid spreading the virus – and contact your doctor, especially if you have a high-risk underlying health condition. You can also call the COVID Hotline at 46-COVID (462-6843) for guidance. If they determine you need to be tested, they will coordinate with the appropriate public health officials to determine next steps.
Will my positive COVID-19 test results be reported to public health entities?
Yes. Positive COVID-19 test results will be reported to the appropriate public health agency in accordance with applicable Antigua & Barbuda laws and regulations.
Mount St. John’s Medical Centre – Michael’s Mount – St. John’s – Antigua
Tel: (268) 484-2700
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