Driven to take Covid-19 test

Qualified nurses and staff of Care Concierge conducting Covid-19 drive-through tests at a spot in Jalan Universiti. — SIA HONG KIAU/The Star

FOLLOWING a spike in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks, more people have opted to get screened for the virus at private centres as a precautionary measure.

While some chose to get tested at clinics or medical labs, others went to drive-through testing facilities offered by private healthcare providers.

Care Concierge runs one such Covid-19 drive-through screening service along Jalan Universiti.

“There has been a significant increase in test bookings and it follows the trend of the general increase in numbers across all states, ” said Care Concierge chief marketing officer Anna Chew.

“We are testing to the tune of hundreds a day in each location where we offer drive-through testing, namely in Petaling Jaya, Seremban, Melaka and Kota Kinabalu, ” she said, adding that customers would receive confirmation of their booking and test results via email.

There are separate charges for antigen rapid test kit (RTK antigen) and reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test.

The service covers a swab test and doctor’s clearance letter.

MPKj’s Covid-19 screening exercise at its headquarters being carried out as a preventive measure.MPKj’s Covid-19 screening exercise at its headquarters being carried out as a preventive measure.

Those who opt for drive-through tests will receive their results within 30 minutes for RTK antigen and 48 to 72 hours for the RT-PCR test.

On the increase in people taking Covid-19 tests, Chew said, “This is mostly to address concerns about potential contact with someone who had tested positive, either in the circle of friends, acquaintances or workplace.

“These people are mostly within what is classified as Category A, B or C contact.”

According to Health Ministry, Category A refers to individuals infected with Covid-19, Category B refers to individuals who have been in contact with individuals from Category A and are required to do swab tests, while Category C refers to individuals who have been in contact with individuals from Category B and need to stay at home.

Chew added that Care Concierge was a post-hospitalisation and elderly care company staffed by qualified nurses that decided to deploy its nurses to provide Covid-19 testing during the pandemic.

Likewise elsewhere, as a precautionary measure, Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) conducted a Covid-19 screening exercise for all 1,097 of its officers and staff last week.

The council’s headquarters at Menara MPKj, Kajang, was temporarily shut down for three days between Jan 6 and 8 to carry out the screening tests.

MPKj said in a statement that the exercise was for the health and welfare of its staff as well as a Covid-19 preventive measure, as a number of them served as frontliners.

Following the screening, MPKj president Datuk Zulkefli Khalid said a number of staff members from MPKj’s Engineering and Licensing Departments were under self-quarantine due to contact with suspected Covid-19 cases.

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