GUWAHATI: Amid spike in COVID-19 cases in the state, the Government of Assam has asked every private sector nursing home and hospital to function as COVID screening centre within three days.
This step is taken by the Health and Welfare Department so that maximum number of persons can be tested for COVID-19, including those persons who visit the private sector nursing homes seeking treatment.
The sectors will be used for COVID screening, sample collection and basic isolation. They will also be provided with Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits.
The screening centers will be equipped with lab machines and technicians for collection of the samples, as per Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) guidelines, and for conduct of the rapid tests.
Department also directed the OPD patient to compulsorily undergo RAT followed by RT-PCR.
In case of symptomatic persons, who tests negative on RATs, their samples are to be collected by the hospital staff for RT-PCR testing. Such person will be kept in isolation till the declaration of results.
Assam reported 1,856 new COVID-19 infections on Friday out of 36,180 tests conducted; reaching a cumulative figure of 87,908 reported cases. Assam’s positivity rate now stands at 5.12%.
Of the new cases, 433 are from Kamrup (M), 150 from Dibrugarh, 143 from Cachar and 121 from Kamrup rural district.