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Coronavirus: getting tested for free is possible

The screening bus was installed in mid-July in the districts of Woippy, Bellecroix and Borny, for a weekend. The case being effective, it is renewed on Friday July 31 and Saturday 1is August in the Metz neighborhoods. This operation is part of the Covid-19 screening actions initiated by the Regional Health Agency (ARS) Grand-Est, the prefecture of Moselle, the CHR Metz-Thionville, the council of the order of nurses, the Moselle CPAM and Metz-Métropole transport. Nurses take samples which only last a handful of seconds. Anyone can come to the entrance of this mobile laboratory. The tests are free and without a prescription.

How is the test carried out?

First, a medical secretary records the contact details and asks a few questions about any symptoms you feel. Next, a nurse takes the sample from the nose using a swab. The sample is placed in a sterile vial and sent for analysis. Within twenty-four hours, patients receive an email informing them of the availability of the results.

What if the result is positive?

These tests are intended for people who may be carriers of the virus. The results are given to the attending physician. If they are positive, isolate yourself at home and wear a mask in the presence of other people. It is then a question of monitoring his state of health and calling 15 in case of respiratory problems. Contact persons will be identified and a test will also be offered to them. If the result is negative, life continues almost normally, always respecting the barrier measures and wearing the mask.

What are the stops?

The laboratory bus will stop: Friday July 31, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Sablon district, rue de la Chapelle (Church stop), from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., in front of the Human Rights square (opposite the Center Pompidou- Metz); saturday 1is August, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., La Patrotte district, rue Charles-Nauroy, and from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., on the Human Rights square (opposite the Center Pompidou-Metz).

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