A medical technologist from the City Health Office draws blood sample from one of the Persons Under Monitoring or PUM at the city’s community isolation center for Rapid Diagnostic Test or RDT that has been ongoing for several months now.

The City Health Office has already conducted nearly 500 RDT to PUMs, PUIs, health workers and other frontliners.

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, Chairperson of the City’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management Emerging Infectious Diseases, ordered the conduct of Rapid Diagnostic Tests for PUMs and Persons Under Investigation as part of the strategies against the possible spread of COVID-19.

The City’s IATF-EID has provided complete Personal Protective Equipment or PPEs to the medical technologists and swabbing booths when conducting the tests.

City Health Officer Dr. Maria Sarah B. Talla confirms the recent procurement of about 1, 000 Rapid 2019-NCOV test kits for the qualitative assessment of IGG and IGM antibodies to 2019 Novel Coronavirus in human serum, plasma or whole blood.

However, since not everybody can avail of the Rapid Diagnostic Test due to the limited number of available kits, the City’s IATF EID still adopts the Department of Health’s order of priority as follows:

1st PRIORITY– patients, including medical professionals and health workers that exhibit severe to critical symptoms of COVID-19 with known travel history or contact to a positive patient

2ND PRIORITY – medical professionals and health care workers with mild symptoms and known exposure to a positive patient. And all patients with mild symptoms of COVID-19 classified as PUI, who are (1) known to be high risk with pre-existing medical condition and/or member of the vulnerable group (2) with known travel history or contact to a positive patient

3RD PRIORITY – medical professionals and health workers with no symptoms (asymptomatic) but with known exposure to a positive patient. And patients with no symptoms (asymptomatic) with known travel history or contact to a positive patient.