BACOLOD CITY – Mayor Evelio Leonardia is urging all Bacolodnons to undergo swab tests, considering that most of the cases that have been tagged as probables have turned out negative for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Data from the Emergency Operations Center Task Force (EOC-TF) showed that from September 30 to December 2, a total of 1,228 of 1,507 patients with flu-like symptoms, or those regarded as “probables”, tested negative for the virus, for an equivalent of 81-percent negativity rate.
The latest record of the EOC-TF covering the 14-day period from November 19 to December 2 also showed that 182 out of 219 “probables” yielded negative results after undergoing swab tests for an 86-percent negativity rate.
Leonardia said Bacolodnons need not worry about getting tested for COVID-19. “Do not fear to get swabbed,” he said, adding that the data showed not all those who have symptoms turn out to be positive.
Leonardia also encouraged Bacolodnons to seek early consultation upon experiencing flu-like symptoms – “even the mildest ones.”
Early detection is among the tenets of the city government’s “Halong, Ugyon Bacolod” campaign, launched in October, which primarily focuses on the conduct of simultaneous inspection, monitoring, and education activities.
To strengthen the early detection strategy, the EOC-TF has been conducting a series of surveillance testing.
The most recent subjects of the surveillance testing were 548 individuals composed of food delivery service crews, cockfighting staffs, and personnel from the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) wherein four tested positive for COVID-19 — two coming from each group for a 0.73 percent positivity rate.
City Administrator Em Ang said seeking early consultation will free them from the huge burden of always worrying about their condition.
“This will give them (tested patients) the opportunity to continue life free from stress and anxiety,” she added.