Teenager passes out after waiting in line for Covid-19 test
A teenager has called for shade to be installed outside a Covid-19 testing site after she fainted in the heat and suffered facial injuries - and a medical bill of almost $3,000.
Celena Pires, 18, from Germany, flew to Bermuda last week on vacation and went to the Perot testing site yesterday morning for her day 8 test.
She said that when she arrived the line for the testing centre had extended down the side walk along Queen Street.
“I was in line in the sun for about half an hour when I started to feel dizzy,” Ms Pires said. “I got out of line and went to the store to get water to get hydrated but as soon as I walked through the door I blacked out.”
Ms Pires said she woke up on the floor of the Phoenix Store in pain and was told an ambulance had been called.
“I couldn’t really talk. I was just hurting, bleeding and nauseous,” she said.
Ms Pires said she had cut her chin and damaged three teeth in her fall and spent four hours at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital receiving treatment.
She said that while she was feeling better yesterday afternoon, her head and teeth were still painful.
Ms Pires added: “This never would have happened if there had been shade.”
Jane Roberts, who is hosting the teen during her time on the island, said because of the ambulance and a lack of insurance, Ms Pires was given a $2,988 bill.
“This never should have happened,” Ms Roberts said. “It’s just awful for her. There should have been shade or something.”
Visitors to the testing site complained about long lines earlier this year and raised concerns about the heat.
At the time the Ministry of Health said at the time the long lines were the result of a scheduling error, which has been addressed.