TUBA, Benguet, Dec. 1(PIA) -- The local government of Tuba started today a four-day aggressive mass testing for the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) for frontliners and vulnerable sectors of the municipality.
At least 1,900 individuals are expected to be tested in the aggressive mass testing which is sponsored by the National Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease (NTF - EID) through Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong.
Aside from barangay officials, members of the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team and other frontliners working to battle the COVID-19, other members of the community who are considered as vulnerable groups will be swabbed. It includes store owners, vendors, drivers, teachers and swimming pool personnel who are operating in Tuba.
Testing was done today at Nangalisan barangay hall and at the barangay health station while the venue tomorrow (December 2) is at Lower Tadiangan particularly at the Tadiangan Proper Covered Court in the morning and at the Km 6 Barangay Health Station(BHS) in the afternoon.
On December 3, the mass testing will be at the Upper Tadiangan particularly at the Yagyagan Multi-Purpose Hall in the morning and at the Tagadi BHS in the afternoon and at the San Pascual Barangay Hall on Dec. 4
According to the LGU Tuba, the test kits came from Magalong as part of the continued support of the City of Baguio to the municipality of Tuba which has surge of COVID-19 cases mostly from the mining community in the past months.
As of November 30, Tuba already recorded 392 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 357 recoveries and 35 active cases.
Last month, the NTF-EID held Aggressive Community Testing in coordination with the local government units of Baguio City and Benguet, the Bases Conversion Development Authority and John Hay Management Corporation to at least 5,000 individuals in Baguio City, La Trinidad, Itogon and Tuba following the increasing number of cases in the identified LGUs.
In October, more than 4,000 individuals also subjected to mass testing in Baguio City, La Trinidad, Tuba, Itogon, Tublay and Kapangan. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)