4 in Angel Locsin’s community pantry queue get COVID-tested

Published April 28, 2021, 2:21 PM

by Allysa Nievera

Four individuals who lined up at the community pantry set up by actress Angel Locsin in Quezon City last April 23 have availed of the free COVID testing offered by the Quezon City local government after one of them showed symptoms, including loss of taste and headache.

The three others were asymptomatic.

“Today is the fifth day since Ms. Locsin’s event. The average incubation period for COVID-19 is approximately five days. So, we call on everyone who went to last Friday’s gathering, please report to us and have yourself tested. If there was a transmission and you were exposed, you may observe some symptoms manifesting starting today,” said City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) Chief Dr. Rolando Cruz.

“The city screens individuals who can avail of the free swab services so we can allocate our supplies to those who need it the most,” he added. 

Cruz said they have been receiving an average of 950 swab test requests daily and around 600 are conducted per day.

Residents who went to Locsin’s community pantry are prioritized for swab testing, as well as individuals who were exposed to COVID positive patients, those who are experiencing symptoms, those who are pregnant, are dialysis patients, and who will undergo medical operations that require COVID-19 test results.

Affected residents may book an appointment online at http://bit.ly/QCfreetest or through the CESU Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/QCEpidemiologyDiseaseSurveillance/ or call any of the following QC Contact Tracing Hotlines: 8703-2759, 8703-4398, 0916-122-8628, 0908-639-8086, and 0931-095-7737. 

Locsin’s community pantry was held last April 23 at a commercial establishment in Barangay Holy Spirit in Quezon City. It was halted due to violation of social distancing and the death of a senior citizen who fainted while waiting in line.

Read more: Senior citizen dies as thousands flock to community pantry in Quezon City, QC gov’t urges Angel Locsin’s community pantry visitors to get free COVID-19 testing