Results of the first round of Expanded Targeted Testing for frontline workers, persons under monitoring and locally-stranded individuals show that out of the 2,403 individuals that undergone the COVID-19 RT-PCR test, 97.30 percent or 2,338 came up negative and 0.58 percent or 14 were tested positive.
Based on the recent report prepared by the Provincial Health Office (PHO), the first round of the ETT is made up of three batches wherein list of personnel who underwent the COVID-19 RT-PCR test were broken down as follows: Philippine National Police- 314; POSO- 4; health workers- 398; PSWDO- 31; PDRRMO-35; Bureau of Fire Protection- 53; MDRRMO- 63; MSWDO- 2; jail officers- 27; PUM OFWs- 27; PUM Local/s- 1,121; stranded LSI- 177; direct contact- 10; PUM (mild)- 141.
Tested individuals in three batches consisted of 872 for the first followed by 574 and 845 for the second and third batches.
Meanwhile, the PHO spearheaded by Dr. Anna Ma. Teresa S. De Guzman assured that the provincial government is doing its best to cater to the needs of Pangasinenses further noting that there are 47 functional quarantine facilities in the province which are manned by different LGUs while there are 43 LGU functional isolation facilities with the exemption of Bani, Lingayen, Bugallon, Mapandan and San Carlos City. Urdaneta City is the lone LGU without quarantine facility.
COVID-19 monitoring report in Pangasinan as of today (June 23), disclosed that there are a total of 79 confirmed cases in which 61 have recovered, nine died and nine still confined. Of the said number of confirmed cases, Dagupan City (a chartered city) recorded 23 and Pangasinan has 56.
As such, the second round of mass testing for some 800 frontline workers from 15 different LGUs in Pangasinan which started last June 18 is presently on-going until June 26. (Ruby R. Bernardino)