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CHCC does not recommend requiring employees to submit to Covid-19 testing

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THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. does not recommend a Covid-19 test as prerequisite for employment, CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said.

She said testing negative is only for a single point in time and is not a guarantee that an individual is no longer at risk of contracting the virus.

“So we always emphasize to always practice the three Ws [wash your hands, wear you mask, and watch your distance],” Muna said.

CHCC public information officer Lee Tenorio said an individual may come and see a doctor for clearance.

He said it is up to the physician if an individual needs to be tested for Covid-19. “It is not something you would request just because it is a requirement for employment,” he added.

Muna said CHCC is charging $300 for the test.

“It has always been $300 —  the [CHCC board of trustees] approved the fee,” she added.

In April, Muna said CHCC offered a discounted price of $50 for the test.

“We did that because there [were] people who needed to get a test. But what is happening now is there are people who need to leave [the island] and want to get tested, although it is not required,” she said, adding that these requests are imposing an additional burden on CHCC staff.

Tenorio said CHCC is “not charging for the test kit itself — it is charging specifically for our resources that we have to pay because we don’t get reimbursed for them.”

But Muna said community-based testing is free because CHCC can seek reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“Testing for travel is not considered community-based testing and not part of the contact tracing,” she added.

“We charge $300 if it’s not medically necessary and is not needed for contact tracing and surveillance,” Muna said.

CHCC recommends those seeking testing for travel to check their destination/jurisdiction requirement for entry. 

Muna said most do not require testing and therefore the traveler does not need to pay for a test.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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