Rapid COVID Test to Prevent the Further Spread

In strengthening its efforts to curb the further spread of COVID 19 the City has introduced the COVID-19 rapid tests that delivers results in 15 minutes to those have been in contact with a positive COVID case, and present symptoms. 

Ekurhuleni’s professional nurse Sister Refiloe Dhlamini explained that the rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test is offered at all Ekurhuleni health facilities. She said administering the test was easy and delivered quick result using either the nasopharyngeal swab or nasal swab method.

“Once a sample is collected, the swab is inserted into a tube with special liquid to extract the target molecule. This liquid is then dispensed onto a test cartridge and, in 15 minutes, a positive or negative result is clearly indicated,” said Dhlamini.

While, the test is offered for free at health facilities resident are advised to seek the tests when they have been in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 without wearing masks and experience any of the COVID-19 symptoms listed below.

Residents who visit the health facilities for a COVID-19 test are advised not to enter the clinic premises or wait in the waiting area, but rather inform health care workers at the entrance of the clinic that you have COVID-19 signs, or you have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

This is to allow the patient to be taken to an isolation room or tent where they will be tested, and to avoid contact with other patients.

Please note that the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test is also conducted whereby samples are sent to the laboratory and results given within two to three days.

Residents are further urged to always adhere to the COVID-19 protocols when visiting the clinic. Always wear a mask, social distance, cover a cough or sneeze in your elbow and sanitise your hands.

The COVID-19 symptoms to lookout for are as follows:

Fever, dry cough, tiredness, body aches, pains, sore throat, diarrhoea, red or sore eyes, headache, loss of taste or smell, rash on skin, discolouration of fingers or toes, difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath, chest pain and/or loss of speech or movement.

NB: If you are waiting for test results, behave as if you are positive for COVID-19.