The number of typhoon-hit evacuees in Marikina City who tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) rose to five.
In an interview Sunday (Nov. 22) over Teleradyo, Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said of the 153 evacuees who were “reactive” in the rapid test, five were found positive for the virus after undergoing a confirmatory swab test.
“Out of the 12,000 na sinurveillance testing sa mga evacuation center, 153 na naging reactive sa rapid test (Out of the 12,000 evacuees that were subjected to surveillance testing at evacuation centers, 153 were reactive in rapid testing),” Teodoro said.
“And out of that 153, may lima na nag positibo at nasa quarantine facilities ngayon ito (And out of the 153, five have tested positive and are now in quarantine facilities),” he continued.
Persons who made contact with the five COVID-positive patients have all tested negative for the virus.
To prevent the virus from spreading, the local government conducted rapid tests on residents affected by typhoon “Ulysses” who are still in evacuation centers.
“Ang ginagawa natin is early detection kaya nag rapid test tayo sa mga evacuation centers (What we are doing is early detection so we conducted rapid tests in evacuation centers),” Teodoro said.
Those who would test reactive in the rapid test will immediately undergo a confirmatory polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and will be placed under quarantine.
Contact tracing will be done to identify those who made contact with the COVID positives.
The local government has already deployed 190 contact tracers to evacuation facilities.
Teodoro said they have already coordinated with the National Housing Authority (NHA) to assess the houses destroyed by the typhoon that caused massive flooding in most parts of the city.
He also ordered barangay officials to inspect the damaged homes of evacuees to determine the assistance they need.
Teodoro earlier appealed for donations of housing materials for residents whose houses were destroyed by the typhoon.