Lengthy Seaside declares walk-in coronavirus testing at three places – The Sign Tribune newspaper
Mayor Garcia also unveiled a new test site in North Moncton
City of Moncton
On the latest COVID-19 live stream, Moncton officials discussed walk-up tests, the future of the public health order, new symptoms of the coronavirus and a possible antibody test.
On Monday April 27, Mayor Robert Garcia announced that the Moncton Health Department is currently reporting 580 positive cases of coronavirus in Moncton.
The mayor also announced two more deaths, bringing the total coronavirus-related deaths to 31 across the city.
“The vast majority of our cases still involve people living in some of these long-term care facilities. […]This is why we pay so much attention to these long-term care facilities, ”said Garcia.
Garcia added that the two men were older and had health problems. One of the men was in their 60s and the other in their 80s.
He also thanked residents for staying home and following the order to stay at home over the weekend.
“I’m really, really proud of everyone,” said Garcia. “We still had a few challenges and we won’t get 100% compliance, but the truth is that [most] Individuals think of our community. ”
During the live stream, Mayor Garcia stated that Moncton is working with the state of California to open a new test site in north Moncton that will allow the city to run an additional 100 tests per day.
The exact location of the new test site will be announced next week, according to Garcia.
The new location will help support the African American community that has been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. North Moncton has the largest population of African Americans in Moncton.
Garcia also announced that the city will now offer walk-up testing at three of its test sites.
“We know that some people don’t have a car and want to be tested and have problems driving through the test site,” said Garcia. “So we want to say that from tomorrow; We will now also make appointments. ”
The test locations that offer the walk-up service are at Moncton City College in the Pacific Coast Parking Lot, Jordan High School, and Cabrillo High School.
The test times for viewing appointments take place between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Appointments can be made online at longbeach.gov for people who believe they are showing symptoms of the coronavirus or meet other test criteria.
Moncton public health officer Anissa Davis also announced additional symptoms for the coronavirus released by the Center for Disease Control.
New symptoms include chills, chills, muscle aches, headaches, sore throats, and loss of taste or smell.
The three previous symptoms were fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
“Knowledge of COVID-19 is an ever-evolving landscape, so more data and knowledge will come out and we will make changes to our guidance accordingly,” said Davis.
When asked about antibody tests, Davis stated that two tests are used to look for antibodies to the coronavirus.
One type is the PCR test, which is a molecular test, and the other is serology, which uses blood to check for antibodies.
The city is currently using PCR testing to look for proteins that show antibodies in patients.
However, Davis said authorities are unsure whether the test results are correct as the FDA has allowed the serology tests to enter the market without testing for the coronavirus.
“I would say be very careful about using these antibody tests, especially the ones that are fast,” said Davis. “So the ones that you can do and get an answer in 15 minutes – these are very unreliable. We just don’t know. I heard someone say it’s like flipping a coin. “
Mayor Garcia asked small business owners to help them figure out how best to reopen the economy after the public health order was lifted.
The mayor announced a poll, which will be posted on the city’s website, that will seek the opinion of small business owners in Moncton.
“We want small business owners. You have the best ideas, ”said Garcia.
The survey is being used by the Economic Recovery Committee, led by former Mayor Bob Foster, to come up with the best plan to reopen the local economy.