CMC Now Giving "REAL" PCR

Ken

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From Ramona Valdez, administrator of El Neptuno:

FYI, I was informed this morning by the Cabarete Medical Center (CMC) that they just work with the PCR covid test and they do it every day including weekends and holidays.

The cost is RD $ 4,400 and the results are ready in 3 hours.

You can go directly to the emergency room, please bring your passport or Cedula with you.

For traveling the tests are good with 72 hours of anticipation.
 

SKY

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From Ramona Valdez, administrator of El Neptuno:

FYI, I was informed this morning by the Cabarete Medical Center (CMC) that they just work with the PCR covid test and they do it every day including weekends and holidays.

The cost is RD $ 4,400 and the results are ready in 3 hours.

You can go directly to the emergency room, please bring your passport or Cedula with you.

For traveling the tests are good with 72 hours of anticipation.
This I would call correct and informative information by someone on the scene. More of this is needed here instead of rumors and opinions that mean nothing.........................
 
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Cdn_Gringo

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I haven't had any luck confirming that Puerto Plata Labs is using an acceptable PCR test for Canadians either the RT or LAMP tests and I haven't been told that the referenced PCR test at CMC is any different than the AG-PCR they have been doing all along for the same price which is not acceptable for Canadians but permitted for those travelling to the USA as I understand the rules.
 

cavok

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Yes, I posted in another thread that two friends of mine got their tests at CMC about two weeks ago. They went in at 8:30am and had the results by 2pm that day. They were quoted 4800 pesos, but since they didn't have pesos, they had to pay $100 USD. Maybe their price will drop since it is now being reported that you can get the test at the airport for 2000 pesos(?).
 

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This is a response to an inquiry I made 3 days ago to CMC for a group of 8 Canadians
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As far as I know, Canada only accepts the molecular PCR. We are not doing that test at this time.

Kind regards,
Mary Jo
 

Ken

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Unfortunately, you may be correct. I have asked Ramona to double check
 

ALLOR925

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It's my understanding through the CDC/State Department, travel back into the U.S. only requires an Antigen test, which I understand is much less expensive than other types of testing. Maybe someone can confirm? And where in the Bavaro area can one be tested?
 

windeguy

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So yet another false alarm for Canadians needing a True PCR test on the North Coast.

The US requires an Antigen test ALLOR925. Not the more expensive and time consuming PCR test.
 
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ALLOR925

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Here's a link to testing services in the RD.
 

SKY

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It's my understanding through the CDC/State Department, travel back into the U.S. only requires an Antigen test, which I understand is much less expensive than other types of testing. Maybe someone can confirm? And where in the Bavaro area can one be tested?
Mentioned this somewhere else, but will again here. In Bavaro one place is the new hospital IMG, where you can get an antigen test for 1800rd and the result in 15 minutes. Also Laboratorio Villavicencio Av Expana Fruisa has an antigen test for 1900rd with the results in an hour. I would go here first as the IMG can be very crowded lately. There are others but this should be enough.
 
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Anyone know about traveling to the USA after having received the SINOVAC vaccine? Just curious if the vaccine has triggered any false positives on the tests to fly. The vaccine is created using an inactive virus, but it is different than the process used to create the Jonson & Johnson vaccine.
 

windeguy

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Anyone know about traveling to the USA after having received the SINOVAC vaccine? Just curious if the vaccine has triggered any false positives on the tests to fly. The vaccine is created using an inactive virus, but it is different than the process used to create the Jonson & Johnson vaccine.
I am following this as well. Still nothing definitive from what I have seen. False positives can happen that may be unrelated to vaccination or infection, so it will be a bit hard to know unless a large percentage of Sinovac vaccinated have false positive Antigen tests.

 

SKY

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Be aware that if you had the virus and recovered there is a chance that an antigen test will be positive because you have anti-bodies. I know this because I had the virus, recovered fine. I decided to take an antigen test about a month after it had passed. I tested Positive. A PCR test was negative. So if you had the virus you would be better served with a PCR test to travel to the US.

If test results show that you have antibodies, it indicates that you were likely infected with COVID-19 at some time in the past. It may also mean that you have some immunity. But there's a lack of evidence on whether having antibodies means you're protected against reinfection with COVID-19. The level of immunity and how long immunity lasts are not yet known. Ongoing studies will eventually reveal more data on this