Looking to work in the restaurant/resort industry and understand you need a medical card. I read the bit on it and it said it's about $46.60, and you need to *ahem take a stool sample. Do I do that at the hospital or can I ummm bring my own?
Thanks for any help!
You need a Food Handler's card issued by the VI Department of Health. If you're on St Thomas, go to to the Community Health Center at the St Thomas Hospital and pick up the paperwork. Then go behind the hospital to the clinical lab and give them a stool sample. No mound required, a piece about the size of your fingernail is sufficient. They'll give you the print-out results by the next day. Check with the Community Health Center about their hours for processing food handler cards as they vary. Drop off the printout from the lab and if it's a good day then you might get your card issued right there and then. If not then you have to go back another day.
The Community Health Center will also accept your stool sample but its transition through the hospital lab is likely to take much longer than through the private lab.
I would suggest a private lab like Cranston-Dottin. You can deliver your sample there in the early morning and it's ready by noon. $10. I think it's $17 at the clinic and sometime can take a day or days. Once you have your report you go to the Community Health Center at the hospital between 1 and 2:45. Although it ends at 3 they don't accept after 2:45. Stand behind the line at the window until called. Make sure along with ID you have your Social Security card. Good luck. Most restaurants will hire you quicker when you have it in place.