NegOcc COVID-19 testing lab fast-tracks release of results

first_imgIn a meeting with the local chief executives on July 20, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said the negative test results will now be released within a maximum of four days after the swab samples are collected. BACOLOD City – The provincial government here is fast-tracking the release of results of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tests conducted by the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital Molecular Laboratory following complaints from local government units (LGUs). In a report on July 20, Zeaphard Caelian, chief of Provincial Disaster Management Program Division (PDMPD), said that from March 30 to July 19, a total of 8,793 Negrenses returned home – 6,644 LSIs and 2,149 OFWs. Figures further showed that of the 268 cases, 169 were males and 99 were females. A total of 1,084 Negrenses arrived in only three days, said Caelian. As of July 19, the tally showed that out of the 268 cases, 192 or 71.6 percent were all LSIs who came from various parts of the country where they were stranded due to travel restrictions following the declaration of enhanced community quarantine. On July 18, some 72 Negrenses arrived aboard a Cebu Pacific flight while on July 19, a total of 235 more returned home aboard 2GO Group’s St. Leo the Great and St. Therese vessels. He added that upon arrival at the Bredco port, the LSIs underwent swab sampling before they were endorsed to their respective LGUs. The domestic cases were those who tested positive recently while staying only in the province while the imported domestic cases were those who traveled even before the community quarantine was enforced and were found positive after returning to this province. The mayors have raised concerns that the delayed releasing of test results also led to the delay in the release of residents from the quarantine facilities, thereby putting stress on their resources. On that day, 761 LSIs came home to Negros Occidental aboard 2GO Group’s St. Therese of the Child Jesus and 16 were flown in via an AirAsia flight.center_img A total of 145 cases were still active while 123 already recovered. Some 34 were symptomatic while 234 were asymptomatic. Following the two-week moratorium on the return of stranded Negrenses, there has been a spike in the number of arrivals on July 17, he added. Meanwhile, figures released by the provincial government showed that locally stranded individuals (LSIs) comprised the majority of cases in Negros Occidental positive for COVID-19. Aside from the 192 LSIs, the other cases included 39 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs); 20 domestic; 10 front-liners, authorized persons outside residence (APOR); two imported (domestic); one imported case (foreign); and one in another province but tagged in this province. “Those who were not fetched by their LGUs were transported to the quarantine area in Silay City,” he said. (With a report from PNA/PN) Some Negrenses had to wait for 14 to 20 days or even more for the release of results. “We have found a solution. It can even go as fast as two days,” he added. The Provincial Health Office sets up coronavirus virus disease 2019 swab sampling booths for arriving Negrenses at the Bredco port over the weekend. More than 1,000 locally stranded individuals arrived in Negros Occidental between July 17 and 19. PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OF NEGRO OCCIDENTAL VIA PNA The highest cases at 93 were those who traveled to Cebu and 75 came from Manila. The rest were from Antique, Bohol, Bulacan, Camarines Sur, Capiz, Cavite, Davao, Dumaguete, Guimaras, Iloilo, Laguna, Palawan, Pampanga, Rizal, and Zamboanga.last_img

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