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Jun 25, 2020

PCR Testing will also be Used at P.G.I.A.

Marvin Manzanero

Bask to the protocols for the re-opening of the P.G.I.A.  Testing for COVID-19 is a process that can be completed within an hour and a half using an analyzer that the Ministry of Health is obtaining from Taiwan.  While the polymerase chain reaction, or PCR test, remains the benchmark, it will be used as a backup method for swabbing visitors arriving at the Philip Goldson International Airport.  Doctor Marvin Manzanero, who was at the head table of today’s press conference, says that validation for that particular process has commenced.

 

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“In terms of testing, Mrs. Bevans has also said what is intended with PCR testing that it’s still an opportunity for people who are going to be coming, seventy-two hours prior to them arriving.  That still remains the gold standard for testing and identification of SARS COVID-2.  Just today we are starting the process of further validation of PCR tests using a different analyzer from Taiwan.  If, once we get that uploaded the turnaround time for that is eighty-five minutes on average.  So we will have ample time to that validation of that specific testing kit because if this works and backs up whatever we are doing then that can be an option in terms of doing random PCR testing at the airport and establish the platform there.  We’re also going to start this week the gene expert technology which we just received earlier this week, the one thousand, fifty PCR tests as backup opportunities.”


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