Valenzuela starts testing returning OFWs
Valenzuela City began testing returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) for Covid-19 as it ramped up its mass testing program.
According to its public information office (PIO), the city can now conduct more than 100 tests every day after signing an agreement with a third laboratory partner to process its test samples. Through this, the local government has the capacity to start including OFWs and other returning residents.
Previously, persons under investigation and monitoring for COVID-19, health workers and other front liners, and dialysis patients were only among those being tested under the city’s mass testing program.
“Food and hygiene kits will be provided to the OFWs. Medical personnel are also on standby for proper monitoring while waiting for their swab test results,” it added, saying the OFWs would be placed under quarantine at the Valenzuela City Town Hall, which has been converted into an isolation facility.
Mayor Rex Gatchalian said that although they already have three partner laboratories, they are still looking for more as he expressed belief that expanding a localized targeted mass testing “helps quickly identify cases for immediate isolation or medical intervention.”
“The number of positive COVID-19 cases is growing because we are testing more… With this new capacity we know that there will be an increase. But we are not going to be alarmed, because number one, it is better to know… Number two, so that we can act and we can put them in a central isolation unit or we put them in a hospital,” he noted.
Valenzuela City has already reported 132 COVID-19 cases as of May 7, with 24 recoveries and eight deaths.
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