More identified close contacts of COVID-19 confirmed cases were swabbed today in the two different established fixed posts.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo has directed the City Health Office to coordinate closely with the Department of Health Region 7 and the Integrated Provincial Health Office to undertake the 2-week (500/day) RT-PCR massive swab testing of identified close contacts of COVID-19 confirmed cases in accordance to the strategy of comprehensive contact tracing, testing, isolation and treatment.
DOH-7 has provided the swab kits and dedicated its regional laboratory to test run all collected samples in Cebu while the Integrated Provincial Health Office has deployed additional medical personnel to augment the manpower needed.
The massive swab testing for an estimated 5, 000 close contacts is necessary to help authorities promptly identify, isolate and treat those who will be found positive of the virus, which is a strategy to methodically bring down the surge of COVID-19 cases.