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  • Seoul to provide pre-emptive COVID-19 tests for CSAT supervisors at four movable testing stations

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    • Seoul will provide the COVID-19 test for teachers who participated as supervisors of the CSAT so that they can return to school safely.
    • Those who make an application in advance at the city’s Website can get tested at one of the four movable testing stations.
    • CSAT takers who are confirmed patients or who are subject to self-quarantine and supervisors who work at CSAT test facilities where those with symptoms take the CSAT can get tested for COVID-19 at their school or a public health center near their home.
    • The city government will also operate 11 beds at the Seoul Medical Center and 40 beds at the Namsan Treatment Center for the confirmed CSAT takers.

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, December 1, 2020 — The Seoul Metropolitan Government said that it will run movable testing stations to offer the COVID-19 test services for teachers and those who will participate as supervisors for the 2021 College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT, national university entrance exam) that will be held on December 3. Such a decision is to contain the spread of coronavirus preemptively.

    Among a total of 24,226 those involved, those who make an application in advance at the city’s Website can get tested at one of the four movable testing stations to be installed at the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education, the Seoul Metropolitan Bukbu District Office of Education, the Students Gymnasium, and the former Yeomgang Elementary School.

    The COVID-19 test can be provided for free in a “Glove-Wall” format from 10 am through 5 pm on December 4 and from 9 am to 1 pm on December 5. The Glove-Wall system allows doctors to examine people from the other side of a protective wall using hand holes with special protective extensions.

    CSAT takers who are confirmed patients or who are subject to self-quarantine and supervisors who work at CSAT test facilities where those with symptoms take the CSAT can get tested for COVID-19 at their school or a public health center near their home.

    If CSAT takers and their parents wish to take the COVID-19 test, they may visit one of the designated seven municipal hospitals. Seven municipal hospitals are Dongbu Hospital, Seonam Hospital, Seobuk Hospital, Eunpyeong Hospital, Seoul Medical Center, Children’s Hospital, and Boramae Hospital. The application can be made at https://www.seoul.go.kr/coronaV/coronaStatus.do?menu_code=20.

    Besides, the Seoul Metropolitan Government operates 11 beds at the Seoul Medical Center and 40 beds at the Namsan Treatment Center for the confirmed CSAT takers, helping them relieve anxiety and take the test without difficulties.

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government had a working-level meeting with the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education on November 23 to discuss implementing the pre-emptive COVID-19 test of the CSAT supervisors. The two organizations will cooperate to support the safety of the test takers and teachers, containing the spread of coronavirus.

    Seoul has conducted pre-emptive COVID-19 tests for more than 130,000 people since June to detect confirmed cases and precent “quiet transmission” of confirmed cases. As a result, 32 confirmed cases were detected as of 6 pm, November 30.

    Park Yu-mi, Director-General of Citizens’ Health at the Seoul Metropolitan Government, said, “We are taking the lead in conducting preventive measures by introducing pre-emptive tests to curb the spread of quiet infections caused by asymptotic patients. We will provide this COVID-19 test so that teachers who participated in the CSAT can return to school safely.”