City Health Officer Dr. Maria Sarah B. Talla reported that her department has conducted about 6, 380 tests to COVID-19 suspects, who are either close contacts of COVID confirmed or have manifested symptoms of Influenza Like Illness (ILI), for free.
Dr. Talla added that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Dumaguete City totaled 790 based on the RT-PCR tests from January 30, 2020 to May 17, 2021.
In her report during yesterday’s meeting of the City’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases chaired by Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, Dr. Talla specified the types of COVID-19 tests conducted: 3, 287 RT-PCR swab tests; 1, 059 antigen swab tests and 3, 297 Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT).
The City Health Office has a team of medical technologists deployed to conduct swab tests on direct contacts of COVID cases and persons with symptoms of ILI on a daily basis for prompt detection and isolation of confirmed cases to further limit transmission of the virus between and among members of the families and workplace.