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Great Testing Option on SXM! #252465
04/09/2021 02:45 PM
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I did some research before we left, and found Medwork offered a service to send technicians to the property you are staying at to administer the COVID test needed for return to the US. We just had our rapid antigen tests, and they gave us the results on the spot (about 20 minute wait). Sent us our completed lab result forms while they were still here, and I went to the BSV office where they kindly printed them out for us. The cost is a flat $100 for the visit, and $75 for the actual test, each. The $100 travel fee covers up to 10 persons, any number over 10 is an additional $10 each. They were right on time, very professional and just required a trip from our chairs on the beach, up to the room to get swabbed. Whole process took no more than 20 minutes. (721)544-8428 or infosxm@medwork.aw


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Re: Great Testing Option on SXM! [Re: gomer36] #252475
04/09/2021 07:16 PM
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Thanks for the info. If you have a group, it might well make sense. I think that Medwork is probably where we will go, but we will just go to their office, since there are just two of us.


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Re: Great Testing Option on SXM! [Re: gomer36] #252476
04/09/2021 07:18 PM
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By the way, gomer, sure would appreciate hearing about your stay at BSV!!


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Re: Great Testing Option on SXM! [Re: gomer36] #252488
04/10/2021 12:52 AM
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I guess i saved a total of $250.00 by having my tests done for free with the Red Cross. As i mentioned last week, was in line for less than ten minutes in the car. Swabbed, and was on our way to Orient Beach. Fifteen minutes later we were laying on the beach. In about an hour, we got emails with our results. FREE.

Re: Great Testing Option on SXM! [Re: gomer36] #252491
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Hey Ed

where is the Red Cross located??

Re: Great Testing Option on SXM! [Re: EdB] #252492
04/10/2021 06:23 AM
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It isn’t free. The French government and their citizens are paying for it.

Re: Great Testing Option on SXM! [Re: Carol_Hill] #252494
04/10/2021 06:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Carol_Hill
Thanks for the info. If you have a group, it might well make sense. I think that Medwork is probably where we will go, but we will just go to their office, since there are just two of us.


Carol, the on property couple managing BSV, the wife works at SLS labs and she scheduled our appointment for us then got the results directly to her then printed them for us so no need to go to Medwork. The place to get the test is on the side road before Mark's Place, the road to Belair and Divi, a right turn. Or if you're familiar with the right turn at the rotary after the steep hill from Simpson/Cole Bays toward P'Burg, it comes out at the hospital. You then turn left (right takes you to Divi) and the lab is on the first right across from hospital. Building is on left side.

Re: Great Testing Option on SXM! [Re: EdB] #252495
04/10/2021 06:49 AM
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And meant for tourists on the French side.


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Re: Great Testing Option on SXM! [Re: gomer36] #252496
04/10/2021 06:50 AM
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PS I think that road is named Hamster Drive.

If you miss the turn you'll find yourself at the end of that road to merge with Mark's place on the right

Re: Great Testing Option on SXM! [Re: RonDon] #252500
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I’m staying at Divi next year and know that road. How much was it?

Re: Great Testing Option on SXM! [Re: BillandElaine] #252501
04/10/2021 07:10 AM
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Apparently people are saying now that folks are being turned away at the Red Cross, who are staying on the Dutch side, rightly.


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Re: Great Testing Option on SXM! [Re: RonDon] #252502
04/10/2021 07:14 AM
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Rosemary--I thought you said that you had to wait a couple hours in line for your tests at SLS?? If you make an appointment at Medwork, you walk right in at your appointment time, get your test and leave. And it's right in Simpson Bay, by Avantika. Both of those things make it much more convenient to me to just go to Medwork.


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Re: Great Testing Option on SXM! [Re: gomer36] #252506
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And I’m reading on FB that hope estates is being shut down to Dutch side visitors because of abuse. Only meant for French side visitors. I will gladly make an appointment and pay the 70 or 75 for Medwork.

Re: Great Testing Option on SXM! [Re: Carol_Hill] #252508
04/10/2021 07:30 AM
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Good!


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Re: Great Testing Option on SXM! [Re: kim] #252509
04/10/2021 07:32 AM
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Kim--right, as it should be. Surprised it took them that long to shut it down, as the French authorities announced a while ago that it was only supposed to be for those living or staying on the French side.


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Re: Great Testing Option on SXM! [Re: gomer36] #252510
04/10/2021 07:40 AM
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We already scheduled at Medwork from home.

I feel better knowing we have an appointment and won't be turned away.
We leave the next day and appreciate having the day free.

Re: Great Testing Option on SXM! [Re: gomer36] #252512
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Is the Red Cross testing site closing down completely or are they just no longer serving Dutch side stayers? We stay our first 5 days on the Dutch side and our last 5 days on the French side, so was planning on getting tested at Red Cross.

Re: Great Testing Option on SXM! [Re: vacanakey] #252513
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I believe the Red Cross will still be testing for those living or staying on the French side, so you should be ok. They are doing tests at the airport now, so technically you could go there early on the day you leave and get tested. But the cost there is more than at other places, like Medwork or SLS..


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Re: Great Testing Option on SXM! [Re: gomer36] #252527
04/10/2021 08:51 AM
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We were tested Wednesday for a flight on Friday at the Red Cross in Hope estates. We arrived at 10:55 and were back on the road at 11:10. As Ed said no cost to us. We were never asked where we were staying. The only info we provided was our passport and the related info and an email address and telephone number. We had our 6 kids and grandkids tested there the previous Thursday for a flight on Sunday. Took a little longer but not too much.

Re: Great Testing Option on SXM! [Re: gomer36] #252536
04/10/2021 11:11 AM
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AGain....not once was i asked where we were staying. Guess others weren't asked either. Would love to see where it says people are being turned away. Speculation and Rumors.

Re: Great Testing Option on SXM! [Re: EdB] #252543
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Ed-it has been reported as of yesterday, that people were being asked to provide proof of where they are staying.


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Re: Great Testing Option on SXM! [Re: Carol_Hill] #252556
04/10/2021 03:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Carol_Hill
Ed-it has been reported as of yesterday, that people were being asked to provide proof of where they are staying.



Yes, it’s all over Jeff Berger’s site. And mentioned on one of the French side pages, which of course I can’t find.

Re: Great Testing Option on SXM! [Re: Susieville] #252578
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i paid 70$ at medworks in simpson bay, and when the GM at Divi (ann Marie) made the appointment the charge was processed then. not sure if the cost changed when the test was performed on site at Divi

Re: Great Testing Option on SXM! [Re: EdB] #252655
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What type of test is the Red Cross doing? PCR or rapid antigen?

Thanks!

Re: Great Testing Option on SXM! [Re: gomer36] #252657
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Both, for residents and vacationers on the French side.

Returning to the US requires only an Antigen test. Your state’s requirements may vary.

The total rtPCR test capacity on the French side is only 150 per day, so if you’re eligible to be tested there, only request rtPCR if you really need it.

Re: Great Testing Option on SXM! [Re: EdB] #252706
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Originally Posted by EdB
AGain....not once was i asked where we were staying. Guess others weren't asked either. Would love to see where it says people are being turned away. Speculation and Rumors.

Yes, you are now required to show proof that you are staying on the French side, along with your passport.


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Re: Great Testing Option on SXM! [Re: gomer36] #252707
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My wife and I got our rapid antigen test for COVID-19 yesterday at the Red Cross in Hope Estate. We were asked to show our passports, as well as where we were staying on the French side and what our flight schedule was for today. We received our results in approximately one hour. They are very efficient, and as noted above, free. Our total waiting time was about ten minutes for the swab.

Re: Great Testing Option on SXM! [Re: DAS] #252714
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DAS--thanks for the confirmation.


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