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Sara starts “surveillance testing” vs COVID-19; nets 9 positives in Agdao

April 05, 2021 - Monday 4:04 PM by Jose Ronald F. Siongco

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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on Monday announced that the city has started “surveillance swabbing and testing” to suppress “clustering” of COVID-19 cases and avoid a potential “mega surge”.

In her Special Hours program streamed via Davao City Disaster Radio Facebook Page and broadcasted thru 87.5 FM DXQQ, Duterte revealed they tested “around 300” persons in Agdao Public Market last week.

‘We were able to test around 300, duna tay nakitan nga 9 kabuok all asymptomatic and one even nakakuha na sa iyang first dose sa bakuna because she works sa health center diha sa Agdao,” she said.

Testings are set in “areas areas kung diin asa daghan usually ang naay exposure” like palengkes. 

“We have Bankerohan scheduled today. There should be everyday schedule na targeted high risk areas based on sa atuang high risk classification and based on sa reports kung asa daghan ang makita na mga naga-positive na mga cases,” she added. “It can be palengke, office, bank, call center.”

Duterte pointed out this type of testing is different from the testing done for persons (F1) who came in “close contact” with COVID-19 positive individuals.

“Padayun gihapon na ang atuang F1 testing,” she stressed.

They plan to “expand” the tests to F2 and F3, through the Safe Davao QR, unlike before “na dili natu gina-testing. Atuang lang na gina-stand by, pa-self monitor na kung magpositive ang F1, dinha pa sila irefer for testing.”

Meanwhile, Duterte bared that private hospitals for now “will not accept COVID-19 patients anymore” due to “less” active cases.

“They will switch back to SPMC (Southern Philippines Medical Center) as the only COVID-19 hospital diri sa atua sa Davao City,” she said.

“Mag-andam sila for a surge and that is the only time na ablihan na pud nila usab ang ilahang COVID-19 beds,” she emphasized. MDM