NAGA CITY, Aug. 4 (PIA) -- Out of 355 oral and nasopharyngeal swab specimens taken and sent by the Naga City Health Office (NCHO) to the Bicol Regional Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory (BDRDL) in Legaspi, 333 turned negative while 20 tested positive.
Of the 20 individuals who tested positive, 19 are from Naga City while the other one is a resident of San Fernando, Camarines Sur but works in a commercial bank here.
This was confirmed by City Events Protocol and Public Information Officer Allen Reondanga in a press statement.
Reondanga stressed that this was the entirety of the swabs taken from July 23 to 30 from close contact of confirmed cases in Naga, including those taken from City Hall employees, commercial banks employees, from the formators of the Holy Rosary Major Seminary and from the Chinese businessman who also tested positive for COVID-19.
Part of these specimens sent to the BDRDL also came from returning residents who tested positive for IgM and IgM/IgG anti body rapid testing. This was taken during their arrival and after 7 days of being in the quarantine facilities.
The rapid testing is one of the policies strictly being implemented by the Naga City Health Emergency Response Task Force (HERTF) to returning residents and a repeat of the rapid test 7 days after being quarantined.
As of August 3, the city has recorded another COVID-19 positive - Bicol No. 479, a 30-year old male physician who works in a private hospital in the city and a resident of Buyo, Goa, Camarines Sur. He is now admitted at the Bicol Medical Center (BMC) for treatment.
On August 2, a 69 year old resident of Concepcion Pequena, mother of Bicol #387 was also added to the list of COVID 19 positive cases in Naga City. She is currently admitted and being treated at BMC.
As of press time, there are already 88 cases recorded by the Naga City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit per COVID-19 tracker, 52 have recovered while 36 are active cases.
Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs), returning residents, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and those with short term travels are either on home quarantine or currently in the city-controlled quarantine facilities. (LSMacatangay-PIAV/Camarines Sur)