Seafarers that are possibly infected with Corona should be tested in their next port of call. Are requests for testing submitted via the HCC?
'There is a shortage of tests in the Netherlands, which means that it is nationally determined that at first instance only patients who end up in the hospital are eligible to be tested. This also applies to care workers that have been in contact with COVID-19 patients.
The GGD may decide to conduct a test in special cases, for example if a captain of a vessel has symptoms and is planning to go on a long voyage. Together we are endeavouring to keep the spread of COVID-19 in the port to a minimum. By isolating people with complaints, no matter how minor, on board, you make a major contribution to limiting the spread of the disease on board. In addition, all sea-going vessels that visit Rotterdam are required to submit a Maritime Declaration of Health (MDoH). If there appears to be a (possible) infectious disease, such as COVID-19, the HCC will contact the GGD, which will then advise on how to deal with the situation that has arisen. During the stay in Rotterdam, any changes in the health situation during shifting/departure must be reported to the HCC. Where necessary, the GGD is asked for advice. The aim is to allow vital work in the port to proceed as much as possible (but safely).'