Naga City to start with health workers in ‘targeted mass testing’ | Inquirer News
Close  

Naga City to start with health workers in ‘targeted mass testing’

By: - Correspondent / @RAOstriaINQ
/ 04:47 PM April 23, 2020

GUINOBATAN, Albay –– A day after it recorded its first healthcare worker who tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Naga City announced it would start “targeted mass testing.”

Mayor Nelson Legacion said his office has partnered with Medlane Diagnostic Solution, Inc. to conduct the first 5,000 tests using rapid testing kits.

ADVERTISEMENT

Legacion said the mass testing would prioritize health workers, residents with symptoms, and those who arrived from Metro Manila and other places with COVID-19 cases.

The Food and Drug Administration said rapid test kits still need confirmatory tests using polymerase chain reaction machines because of the chances of “false negative” results.

FEATURED STORIES

Bicol region’s testing center in Legazpi City has only one PCR machine that can do 30 tests per day.

On Wednesday evening, a 25-year-old nurse from Bicol Medical Center was Naga City’s first healthcare worker to have tested positive for COVID-19.

A portion of the Dayangdang village, the patient’s permanent residence, and of San Felipe village, where the patient resides, were put under lockdown on Thursday morning.

As of this posting, the Bicol region has recorded five healthcare workers positive for COVID-19.

The four other healthcare workers are residents of Albay province.

LZB

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

For more news about the novel coronavirus click here.
What you need to know about Coronavirus.
For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link .

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Coronavirus, coronavirus disease, COVID-19, health workers, mass testing, Naga City, Philippine news updates, Regions
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.