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15 pregnant women in Bacolod test positive for COVID-19

/ 05:43 PM April 30, 2021

BACOLOD CITY –– At least 15 pregnant women in this city have tested positive for COVID-19.

City Administrator Em Ang said pregnant women are tested for COVID-19 because all patients admitted at the City Health Office (CHO) lying-in clinic must be negative for the virus before admission.

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“Close and skin-to-skin contact with patients during childbirth is inevitable for healthcare workers at the lying-in clinic. Thus, it is necessary to know whether they test positive or negative (for COVID-19), so that clinic staff members can take measures,” Ang said.

Testing before admission, Ang said, would protect not only healthcare workers but also the mother and her newborn child.

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The Bacolod Respiratory Outpatient Center, located in front of the Public Plaza, offers free COVID-19 swab tests for pregnant women.

Most of the pregnant women who tested positive for COVID-19 had no symptoms.

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