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COVID-19 patient in Digos City negative in repeat test

May 30, 2020 - Saturday 6:05 PM by PNA

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DIGOS CITY – The second coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patient in this city tested negative on Thursday on a repeat test for real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).

In an interview Friday, Vice Mayor Johari Baña said the re-testing of a swab sample of the 20-year old COVID-19 patient, who is now at the Davao del Sur Provincial Hospital, turned out negative.

The patient--the second COVID-19 case in this city--was found positive of the virus on May 26 through the RT-PCR laboratory examination.

Baña said the patient, who is asymptomatic and in stable condition, will be subjected to another swab sample re-testing after a few days.

A COVID-19 patient needs at least two successive negative RT-PCR tests before being declared free from the disease and fully recovered.

Meanwhile, Baña urged city residents to "keep calm" and avoid engaging in discriminatory acts against the family and relatives of the patient.

The vice mayor said the local government recently gathered all barangay officials in its 26 villages as well as members of the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT) to thresh out issues pertaining to the preparation of isolation facilities in their respective areas.

He said this was in compliance with the directive of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to accommodate returning residents who were stranded in other parts of the country, including overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Baña also urged residents not to be complacent with the shifting of the quarantine status from general community quarantine (GCQ) to modified GCQ saying that minimum health safety standards should be observed at all times when going outside their respective homes.

As of Friday, May 29, Digos City has six suspected COVID-19 cases waiting for RT-PCR laboratory results from the SPMC. PNA