HAD distributes complimentary COVID-19 rapid test kits to households, cleansing workers and property management staff in Islands, Sham Shui Po and Central and Western Districts
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     ‚ÄčIn light of positive test results for the COVID-19 virus from sewage samples collected in Islands, Sham Shui Po and Central and Western Districts, the Home Affairs Department (HAD) said today (September 23) that the Islands District Office (IsDO), the Sham Shui Po District Office (SSPDO) and the Central and Western District Office (C&WDO) have distributed a total of about 103 000 COVID-19 rapid test kits to households, cleansing workers and property management staff living and working in the Districts.

     The IsDO distributed rapid test kits to households, cleansing workers and property management staff living and working in Coastal Skyline, the Visionary, Century Link and Seaview Crescent for voluntary testing through the property management companies.
                                                                                    
     The SSPDO also distributed rapid test kits to households, cleansing workers and property management staff living and working in Nam Cheong Estate, Cullinan West, Cullinan West II and Cullinan West III for voluntary testing through the property management companies, an owners' corporation and an owners' committee.
      
     In addition, the C&WDO distributed rapid test kits to households, cleansing workers and property management staff living and working in residential premises around Ladder Street and Kui In Fong and residential premises around Babington Path and Bonham Road for voluntary testing through the property management companies and the owners' corporations. The C&WDO also arranged to distribute rapid test kits to households living in "three-nil" buildings with positive sewage test results in the district.

     The HAD made the above arrangements in the hope of identifying infected persons early.

     Members of the public may refer to the demonstration video produced by the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) under the Department of Health (DH) via www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzFAUzTtmKk to learn how to use the rapid antigen test (RAT) kit.

     Persons testing positive through an RAT should take a photo of the test result and declare the result within 24 hours via the Declaration System for Individuals Tested Positive for COVID-19 Using Rapid Antigen Test (www.chp.gov.hk/ratp). If members of the public encounter difficulties in using the online platform, they can call the automated system at 183 6119 to register their identification document and telephone number. The CHP under the DH will contact the relevant person later to complete the report procedure. There is no need to declare negative test results.

     The Government appeals for the co-operation of members of the public to safeguard the health of themselves and their families by undergoing testing on a voluntary basis and fighting the virus together. The Government urges all individuals who are in doubt about their own health condition, or individuals with infection risks (such as individuals who visited places with epidemic outbreaks or had contact with cases that tested positive), to undergo testing promptly for early identification of infected persons to reduce the transmission risks of COVID-19.

Ends/Friday, September 23, 2022
Issued at HKT 15:50

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