Additional COVID-19 testing session for Point Roberts announced

Point Roberts fire chief Christopher Carleton has announced that the fire department will be holding another testing session for the coronavirus this Sunday, April 19 at the Benson Road firehall. The testing will take place from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. 
Carleton told the All Point Bulletin today that he had received another 100 test kits and hoped to be able to offer weekly tests on a continuing basis. The district tested 66 individuals last weekend. “While I am not able to announce whether anyone tested negative or positive, I will say that Point Roberts is in good shape,” said Carleton.
Testing involves performing a nasopharyngeal swab up a nostril to the back of the throat. The swab is then rotated to collect a sample. While momentarily uncomfortable, it shouldn’t be painful. Those wishing to be tested should bring ID and a copy of their U.S. insurance card. There is no co-pay. Those without U.S. insurance will need to bring a check for $95 made out to Northwest Laboratory.
Carleton said the district had just received a donation of 500 surgical masks from Dr. Marta Kazymyra from Bay Medical Clinic in Blaine and would be distributing them to essential workers shortly.
In other fire district news, burn permits will be available on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until noon.


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