Puerto Rico to offer free coronavirus testing at toll booths

Muri Assunção, New York Daily News
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Puerto Rico will offer free coronavirus testing at toll booths across the island, health officials announced Friday.

Puerto Rico’s Health Department said that the testing is aimed at people who are asymptomatic, and who could potentially spread the deadly coronavirus without realizing it.

Testings will be performed on weekends, and results will be ready in about 15 minutes.

If a test comes back positive, health officials will ask the person to self-isolate and follow proper guidelines.

They will also initiate contact tracing to inform anybody who might’ve been exposed to the virus.

Last month, the government of the U.S. territory announced that travelers entering Puerto Rico were required to “get a molecular COVID-19 test (nasal or throat swab) no more than 72 hours prior visiting the Island, and show proof of a negative result.”

If they don’t, they’ll be asked to quarantine.

A curfew on the Island, from 10:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m., is in effect through Nov. 13.

According to official data released Friday, the island of 3.2 million people reported more than 36,900 confirmed virus infections, including 862 fatalities.

With News Wire Services

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