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COVID-19 testing protocol update

The following update was provided by the Block Island Medical Center this afternoon, July 7:
The RI DOH has dispatched the Disaster Medical Assistance Team to Block Island to test asymptomatic individuals for COVID-19.The team will be here on Tuesdays and Thursdays administering tests at the Block Island Rescue and Fire Barn. Sign up for the test must be done online at the DOH portal.
Scheduling closes at 3 PM the day before the test date, e.g. if you would like a test on Tuesday, the schedule closes Monday at 3). The registration process takes about 10 minutes. If you have insurance, please have your plan name, ID number and subscriber information available. There is no charge for the test. 
Symptomatic individuals should call the Medical Center to make an appointment. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include the following:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
New loss of taste or smell. Please call the front desk to schedule an appointment: (401) 466-2974 ext. 3
Walk-up appointments are not available at the Medical Center or at the DOH site. 
Anyone with symptoms or waiting for test

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