BioReference Laboratories Announces First COVID-19 Testing Program for Cruise Industry
June 22, 2021 at 07:39 AM EDT
MIAMI, June 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- BioReference Laboratories, Inc., an OPKO Health company (NASDAQ: OPK), today announced a COVID-19 testing program for U.S. based crew and guests who cruise with Royal Caribbean Group, helping provide a safe environment for travelers.BioReference announced a COVID-19 testing program for U.S. based crew and guests who cruise with Royal Caribbean Group.
Under the agreement, unvaccinated guests will be required to undergo rapid, point-of-care PCR COVID-19 prior to embarking. These guests will also undergo rapid, COVID-19 point-of-care testing at the end of their voyage, before disembarking. Depending on voyage length, testing may also take place on board, during the cruise. All Royal Caribbean Group crew members will be required to undergo routine laboratory-based PCR tests at regular intervals.
"Royal Caribbean Group has worked diligently with us to develop a set of testing protocols in conjunction with other mitigation strategies to provide the safest possible environment for all passengers and crew," said Jon R. Cohen, M.D., Executive Chairman of BioReference Laboratories. "Our first in the nation custom solution for the cruise industry was developed so that each passenger will be tested, and results provided within 40 minutes of their arrival at the port."
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