The Provincial Government of Pangasinan has concluded the first batch of mass testing with 843 collected throat swab specimen including medical frontliners, law enforcers, mild Persons Under Investigation and High Risk Persons Under Monitoring (PUMs) in the sixteen “hotspot areas” (the cities and municipalities) with recorded Confirmed COVID-19 cases in the province.
Out of the 843 people tested, 267 were tested negative while only one tested positive. However, the Provincial Government is waiting for the remaining results to be released by The Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center – the province’s molecular laboratory partner.
The result of the confirmed case of the 29-year old male from Asingan who has a travel history to the National Capital Region was released on May 13. Contact tracing and oropharyngeal swabbing were immediately conducted among 12 direct contacts and only one tested positive on May 18.
Currently, only the aforementioned individuals are the active cases of confirmed COVID-19 in the province and both are in stable condition at the Provincial Hospital.
Provincial Health Officer II Anna Ma. Teresa De Guzman mentioned in an interview on May 18 that the Provincial Government will conduct two more batches of the first wave mass testing in the province.
“Hangad naming matapos natin ang dalawa pang batches ng ating first wave ng mass testing at makapagconduct pa ng second wave nang sa ganyon ay talagang ma-cover natin ang majority ng ating populace sa Pangasinan,” said Dr. De Guzman.
Meanwhile, Dr. De Guzman called for unified actions of Pangasinenses while the province is on general community quarantine to avoid second wave of infection.
“Patuloy po kayong gumamit ng face mask kung kayo ay lalabas. Maghugas lagi ng kamay at magdala ng alcohol o hand sanitizer. Manatili na lamang kayo sa inyong mga tahanan kung kayo ay walang essential na lakad,” reiterated Dr. De Guzman.
Dr. De Guzman also reminded Pangasinenses not to be too complacent now that Pangasinan is under GCQ.
“Isa sa mga pinangangambahan natin na ngayong nasa GCQ na tayo ay magiging kampante tayo sa paglabas sa inyong mga tahanan,” said the Provincial Health Officer.
/Paula Jhea Sison