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Ministry of Health announced yesterday that it has officially opened COVID-19 testing services to everyone in the community until May, 11, 2020.

Anyone in the community that is having symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, or any COVID-19 and influenza-like symptoms, may call 775-3472 or 775-0084 for more information on how they can get tested.

MOH may have opened tests to everyone but they still highly encourage everyone in the public to continue to practice preventive measures including proper handwashing, coughing/sneezing etiquette, avoid touching your nose, mouth, or eyes, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, practicing physical distancing (6 feet apart), avoiding large crowds or social

gatherings, and staying away from others when sick.

President Remengesau during his SORA yesterday called for people to get out and be more active but also cautioned people to continue to follow the preventive guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health.

“We should have little more confidence to live as normally as we can under the new normal conditions now that we have testing and closed borders for over a month now but we should remain vigilant and exercise preventive measures,” relayed Remengesau.

If anyone should develop fever, cough, and breathing difficulties, call your doctor or the Belau National Hospital OPD (488-2555), or the Emergency Room at 488-2558 (after working hours) for further guidance. For general information about COVID-19, contact the MOH Hotline at 488-0555.