COVID-19: Mild symptomatic patients will no longer be tested

A member of the public reacts as he receives a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine during the drive-through vaccination at Albert Park in Suva. Picture: FIJIAN GOVT

For people with COVID-19 symptoms in Suva-Nausori corridor will no longer be tested for COVID-19 and should stay at home and strictly self-isolate for 14 days.

According to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services most people infected with COVID-19 will have only mild symptoms like cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever, loss of taste or smell, body ache, headache, and can fully recover at home. For lower-risk individuals with COVID symptoms, the ministry is asking you to stay at home for 14 days, isolate yourself from other family members, and continue to monitor your symptoms for severe COVID-19.

If you develop any signs of severe COVID-19, like difficulty breathing or chest pain, go immediately to one of our dedicated health facilities:

– Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWMH)

– FEMAT Hospital, Vodafone Arena

Individuals in Nausori with severe symptoms should go to:

– Nausori Health Centre

-Wainibokasi Hospital

 

Call 165 if you are unable to travel to a medical facility.

If you or someone you are caring for is at high risk of severe COVID – in particular individuals over 50 years, have a chronic illness such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, asthma, are obese, or are pregnant – we need you to get in touch right away and visit one of our screening clinics. If you test positive, then we will ensure you are provided immediate care by our health teams.

  • For symptomatic workers who need official leave from work, they are recommended to attend the nearest screening clinic to be checked and to obtain a medical certificate for the 14 days of home isolation.

Symptomatic workers can also obtain a medical certificate for the 14 days self-isolation at home from participating General Practitioners (GPs).

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