The Ministry of Health has decided to test persons who have already been testing to ensure that the previous test was not a false negative. Doctor Marvin Manzanero explained this on today’s edition of Ask the Experts. He stated that a negative result does not mean that a person is free from further quarantining and other follow-up measures that MOH does.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “The fact that one turns out negative doesn’t mean that you’re going to be allowed to just go on as if you’re a negative case. If you’re a close contact – let’s say patient number four, we screen and nobody turns out positive like the patients in San Pedro as well, it doesn’t mean that you are negative. You are still going to be asked to be in quarantine for the next fourteen days or until we are able determine that you’re in point of fact negative. Same thing happening in San Pedro, the sampling of those patients who were initially tested negative will be done next week after the completion of the 14 days. We have also made an internal decision that for you to be deemed to be negative, let’s say all these cases, the sample will be tested at day fourteen if it’s negative the second sample will be taken at day twenty one just because we want to extend that blanket period to ensure that you are negative. When you read data from other places it doesn’t say you have to go up to day twenty one but we have decided that we are going to err on the side of precaution than letting people out before they’re supposed to be out.”