The Hospital Authority today announced that the number of general outpatient clinics distributing specimen collection packs will be increased from 31 to 46 starting September 28.
The arrangement assists people who feel they have a higher risk of exposure and are experiencing mild discomfort undergo a COVID-19 test.
The distribution points for specimen collection packs, which will include a specimen collection bottle, packaging plastic bags, and guidelines for collection of deep throat saliva samples, will cover the outlying islands for the convenience of the residents there.
Staff of the 46 clinics will distribute the collection packs between 7.30am and 8.30am from Monday to Friday at designated areas outside the clinics.
It reminded participants to submit the deep throat saliva specimens within three working days after collecting the packs, together with the necessary information, for laboratory tests.
The collection points outside the 46 clinics will be open between 10am and 11am from Monday to Saturday.
Since July 27, general outpatient clinics have distributed about 54,000 specimen collection packs. Among them, more than 33,000 specimens have been tested and over 60 were positive for COVID-19, the authority added.