Department of Health and Wellness Lists Authorized COVID Testing Sites; warns against unauthorized sites



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Posted: Friday, February 11, 2022. 3:44 p.m. CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Department of Health and Welfare warns that some have set themselves up to provide COVID-19 testing services to the public without seeking approval from the Department, as per Statutory Instrument No 15 of 2022.

Violators of the regulations risk a fine of $5,000.

The ministry has released a list of approved facilities for COVID-19 testing nationwide, as follows: ProHealth Alliance Clinical Laboratory; Belmopan Medical Laboratory; Belize Medical Associates Ltd. ; Belize Health Care Partners Ltd. ; Caring Hands Home Medical Care Limited; Clinic of Dr. D; San Carlos Medical Center; St. Luke Hospital Ltd.; Belize Island Holdings Ltd. ; Archangel Clinical Laboratory; Belize Pro Lab; Belize Diagnostic Center; Buttonwood Bay Medical Center; Belize Specialty Hospital, Gastroenterology and Endoscopy; Southern Medical Laboratory; Hummingbird Health Clinic; and Northern Medical Specialty Plaza Ltd.

Additionally, only Belize Diagnostic Center, Caring Hands Home Medical Care Limited and Belize Pro Lab are authorized to provide concierge services and the ministry’s own testing sites and health facilities throughout the country remain available for free testing (with rapid tests only, however).

The ministry also noted that “only approved SARS-CoV-2 antigen test kits can be imported for use by authorized vendors. SARS-CoV-2 antigen home test kits are not permitted to be imported into Belize. The Customs and Excise Department will continue to strengthen its surveillance to identify and confiscate all COVID-19 home test kits entering the country unless approved by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

The public is encouraged to contact the Department of Health and Wellness at 822-2325 or toll-free 0-800-6642273 to report or clarify any concerns or questions regarding COVID-19 testing or testing sites.

The ministry encourages everyone to get tested as needed so that people with HIV can immediately self-isolate and reduce the spread of the virus among the population.

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