Teenager passes out after waiting in line for Covid-19 test – The Royal Gazette | Bermuda News, Business, Sports, Events, & Community

Log In

Reset Password
BERMUDA | RSS PODCAST

Teenager passes out after waiting in line for Covid-19 test

Queues at Perot Post Office for Covid-19 tests earlier this year.

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.

You must be registered or signed-in to post comment or to vote.

Published July 16, 2021 at 3:02 pm (Updated July 16, 2021 at 3:02 pm)

Teenager passes out after waiting in line for Covid-19 test

What you
Need to
Know
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon