SAN FERNANDO City, Oct.23 (PIA) -- A total of 2,715 individuals from priority sectors in this city underwent free swab testing for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) after the conduct of a three-day Aggressive Community Testing.
The testing was held at the Poro Point Managament Corporation grounds from Oct. 20 to 22.
This off-site swab testing activity was initiated by the national government which aims to have more people tested to detect and isolate possible infected individuals, thereby controlling spread of the COVID-19 virus.
According to Julie Ann Hipona of the city's incident management team, the maximum target for the said activity is 3,000.
She said the city government identified the target individuals for swabbing mostly tricycle drivers while the others include market vendors, officials and health workers in the barangay, police personnel, and other frontline workers.
"Sinamantala natin yung pagkakaton na ipa-test lahat ng tricycle drivers mula sa 59 barangays. Dahil sila yung namamasada, sila 'yung maraming nakakasalumuha araw-araw. Sila talaga 'yung exposed," Hipona said.
Suzanne Marie Ramos of the Philippine Arena Mega Swabbing Facility Team said the activity catered to 597 people on the first day of which all yielded negative results but one positive case was recorded among the 949 clients on the second day. Further, 1,169 individuals on the last day are still waiting for their confirmatory results.
The new case was confirmed by City Mayor Alfredo R. Ortega in an official statement released on Thursday. He identified the case as Patient #204, a 49-year-old asymptomatic male from Barangay Langcuas. He is currently at the city's isolation facility.
A barangay health worker from Barangay Carlatan who undergone the test said, "Ngayong nakapagpatest na ay kahit paano mapapanatag na kami. Hindi kasi namin alam kung may COVID-19 na kami o wala dahil mahal magpa-swab.
She added,"Nagpapasalamat kami sa libreng programa na ito ng gobyerno."
Further, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) served as the lead team in the aggressive community testing. In the La Union leg, 32 BFP medical personnel alternately manned the swabbing and verification booths.
Other event partners are the 34 representatives from the City Health Office who managed the registration process, 54 volunteers from the Bases Conversion and Development Authority who facilitated the smooth flow of the operations, some PNP personnel that ensured safety and order, representatives from the provincial government of La Union, and other private stakeholders. (JCR/JPD/CGC, PIA La Union)