Expanded testing yields more COVID-19 cases in Baguio City

Published August 29, 2020, 10:08 AM

by Zaldy Comanda

BAGUIO CITY – As expected, more coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases have begun to surface with the continued expanded testing of workers in groceries and other sectors here.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong said 10 of the new cases recorded on Friday, August 28, were grocery workers, five were frontliners, and three were contacts of previous patients.

Magalong said more infections are expected to surface in the coming days as expanded testing continues in the city.

Apart from contact tracing and medical intervention, the city has pursued expanded testing as a tool to search for virus carriers and interrupt transmissions.

On Thursday, 9 workers from different grocery stores also test positive as culled from the expanded testing.

He said around 5,000 workers were subjected to mandatory testing, and the city expects more cases to surface from said sector.

“Using a positivity rate of 11 percent, an estimated 600 of those tested may turn up positive for COVID-19,” Magalong noted.

As of 5 p.m of August 28, the city has a total of 325 confirmed cases, 238 recoveries, 79 active and eight deaths.