Baguio City starts conducting rapid test on PUIs

Published April 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Zaldy Comanda

BAGUIO CITY– Mayor Benjamin Magalong has given the go-signal to conduct rapid tests on health workers and persons under investigations (PUIs), who are quarantined at home on suspicion of having the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

This came ahead of the Department of Health’s (DOH) announcement allowing mass testing in the national level.

Magalong said the city has around 400 donated kits enough to cover all the PUIs in home quarantine.

As of April 6, the city has 390 PUIs under home isolation.

Magalong gave the go-signal to proceed with the rapid tests after consulting with government health practitioners here to hasten the identification of those who are infected, and facilitate their treatment, isolation and contact tracing.

PUIs with mild symptoms who would test positive will be subjected to polymerase chair reaction (PCR) confirmatory tests, while those with negative results will be made to continue their 14-day quarantine.

City Health Officer Dr. Rowena Galpo said all 23 PUIs tested last April 4 yielded negative results, while 36 others who were checked April 6 were still awaiting results of their COVID-19 tests.