The Crane Resort in St Philip has arrange a state-of-the-art laboratory for COVID-19 testing.
Making the announcement to the media on Tuesday, Minister of Tourism Senator Lisa Cummins stated the non-public facility “goes to permit Barbados to diversify away from having all outcomes, each inbound and outbound going to a single facility, and permit us to have a further capability made obtainable to us”.
She added the brand new lab had been licensed as useful and was already working in collaboration with the Ministry of Well being.
“They’re absolutely geared up and licensed by the Ministry of Well being to supply COVID-19 PCR assessments consistent with the World Well being Organisation (WHO) tips,” Cummins stated.
She added the testing companies weren’t restricted to guests staying on the Crane, and Authorities was working collaboratively with the Crane to make sure that “all guests, anybody who desires to decide on whether or not they’re going to the non-public system or the general public system, can be given the chance to decide on”.
Cummins additionally disclosed a second non-public testing lab was within the technique of being arrange, although not in a lodge, and ought to be going into operation by the top of this month or early subsequent month.
The 2 further labs are anticipated to take a few of the load off the
Authorities-established Greatest-dos Santos Public Well being Laboratory which has been bearing the pressure of testing ever because the COVID-19 pandemic reached Barbados. It was one of many first labs within the Caribbean to amass take a look at kits and reagents for COVID-19 detection. (GC)