LAOAG CITY, Dec. 3 (PIA) -- Residents of Laoag City were given a one-day free RT-PCR test on Dec. 3, as part of the ongoing expanded targeted testing for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) due to increasing number of confirmed cases in the city.
The free swab test was open to all Laoagenos and was conducted at the DPWH Bureau of Equipment in the city.
Scheduling of barangays were observed to minimize movements of people. This was to avoid overcrowding as physical distancing was highly implemented after a recent backlash on the conduct of mass swabbing at the Laoag City Commercial Complex recently.
Barangays 1 to 15 were scheduled at 12 noon to 3 p.m., Barangays 16 to 29 were scheduled at 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Barangays 30 to 80 were scheduled on 5 p.m. onwards.
Those who availed presented Philhealth identification number and ballpen. While for those who do not have a Philhealth number, they need presented a certificate of indigency, photocopy of government-issued ID or photocopy of birth certificate, and Philhealth Member Registration Form (PMRF) from the health insurance.
In a press briefing, Dr. Norman Rabago, COVID-19 consultant of the province, reiterated the need to complete a 14-day quarantine as a precaution even if the result of the swab test is negative.
"Help us suppress the spread of the virus. We can do this as long as we are together. If anyone would not follow, we can't win this war," Dr. Rabago said.
The city is still under a localized modified enhanced community quarantine which commenced on November 27 until further notice.
Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc urged the cooperation of the public in complying with the minimum health standards to help the authorities contain the spread of the virus. (JCR/JPD/MJB, PIA Ilocos Norte)