Prioritization of PCR tests to fight more effectively against Covid-19


Testing people to identify COVID-19 contamination is part of the epidemic control strategy with the primary goal of diagnosing potentially the most serious cases and breaking the chains of contamination via risky contact cases. This is why the use of RT-PCR tests must first and foremost meet these two protection objectives.

Thus, symptomatic people with a medical prescription, contact persons at risk who have received an SMS from health insurance, health professionals and similar intervening at home are priority to perform their RT-PCR diagnostic test for Covid- 19 in private laboratories and on drives (airport, Institut Pasteur). The laboratories are organizing themselves to strictly follow this prioritization.

It is therefore the collective responsibility to respect this by going to the laboratories in accordance with what is described in order not to overload them and thus not generate delays in care for those most at risk.

On the other hand, to allow the entire population to access the tests and identify potential reservoirs of the virus, the ARS and the communities have since July set up access to the tests via traveling campaigns. in the communes. The arrival of more rapid tests devoted to a first screening filter will further complete this device in the coming weeks.

The capacity for diagnostic tests in the territory is adapted to the strategy of combating the impact of the epidemic on our population. The ARS asks to respect this strategy in order to allow people at risk to access PCR tests more quickly and to have their results within 24 hours.

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