Visitors to JEM and Westgate from May 10 to 14 urged to take free COVID-19 test

COVID-19 cases had been to these two malls in Jurong East during their infectious period.

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Published: 19 May 2021, 12:43 PM

If you have travelled to shopping malls JEM and Westgate in Jurong East from May 10 to May 14, taking a COVID-19 swab test is highly encouraged, as infectious COVID-19 cases had visited those two malls during the stated period.

The swab test is free of charge and intended to preemptively mitigate any potential risk of wider, undetected community transmission, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (May 18).

Close contacts of confirmed cases who are at higher risk of infection have already been identified through contact tracing.

As of Monday, Westgate was listed twice on MOH’s list of locations visited by COVID-19 cases during their infectious period. The stores in the mall that were visited by cases are Kiddy Palace and Star Arts.

JEM was listed seven times, with stores visited including Don Don Donki, FairPrice Xtra, Toast Box and Ichiban Boshi.

From May 19 to Jun 1, those who visited the two malls who want to take the swab test may call or book an appointment at Fullerton Health Testing Centre located at Szechuan Court, Raffles City Shopping Centre. 

Alternatively, you may walk in to Raffles Hospital at 585 North Bridge Road or Raffles Medical at Shaw Centre Orchard.

Members of the public can also book an appointment at these regional screening centres (RSCs):

  • Jurong Club House, 11 Jurong Town Hall Road,
  • Former Shuqun Secondary School, 450 Jurong East Street 21
  • Former Da Qiao Primary School, 8 Ang Mo Kio Street 54
  • Former Coral Primary School, 20 Pasir Ris Street 51
  • Former Bishan Park Secondary School, 2 Sin Ming Walk

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Calling in advance to book an appointment at any of the “Swab and Send Home” Public Health Preparedness Clinics (SASH PHPCs) islandwide is also allowed. 

Swabbing for children is only available at selected SASH PHPCs, as RSCs do not provide swab tests for children below 13 years old. Those under the age of 13 may visit Fullerton Health, and for those over 6, Raffles Hospital and Raffles Medical. 

Only asymptomatic individuals will be accepted at the RSCs and other testing venues. Those who feel ill (e.g. have a cough, fever, runny nose or loss of smell), are to see a doctor or visit a SASH PHPC.

People may also be redirected to another testing venue in the event that the RSCs are too crowded.

Those who are taking the swab test should bring along their photo identification, present the SMS that they have received, and can also declare the date that they last visited JEM or Westgate.

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