With the number of COVID-19 cases rising across the country, it is more likely than ever that we have either interacted with or know of a person who has been tested positive for COVID-19. And if we’re feeling a little temperature or a sore throat, our next thought tends to be “Should I take a PCR test?”. With the amount of ambiguity and daily change of regulations, we, at oDoc, want to keep you informed and updated with the latest news regarding COVID-19 processes in Sri Lanka.
This is the latest information on quarantine centers and discharge policies at the time of writing.
If tested positive for COVID-19, you will be placed in a hospital or an intermediate care center (ICC) depending on how severe your symptoms are. If you’ve tested positive at a private lab, the lab is obligated to inform the Ministry of Health and local PHIs of your positive test result and they will decide on your place of quarantine. There are options to stay in a government care center for free or a private care center for a fee.
In order to reduce the strain on hospitals, the option of home quarantine could be available soon but this process has not been finalized yet. Local PHIs would need to keep a close check and advise on health guidelines to asymptomatic patients who are undergoing a home quarantine.
Private care centers include:
The latest update from Chief Epidemiologist, Dr. Sudath Samaraweera, regarding the length of quarantine and discharge policy is as follows:
We will continue to update this article if and when regulations change so keep checking this space for any COVID-19 related news in Sri Lanka.
If you would like to read more about vaccines, especially the vaccine rollout in Sri Lanka. Check out this article.