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"Expanded-targeted" COVID-19 testing begins in Ilocos Norte town

by PGIN-CMO

Sep. 04, 2020 ...

The number of COVID-19 cases in Ilocos Norte has climbed to 58 yesterday, the Provincial Health Office disclosed.

The municipality of Sarrat recorded the highest number of active cases with 20, followed by Laoag City and Batac City with three (3) and one (1), respectively. Of the total cases, 33 have recovered while one fatality has been recorded.

With the intensified contact tracing action conducted in Sarrat, 153 individuals, who were identified as primary and secondary contacts, were already PCR swab tested.

220 more individuals within the critical and containment zones have been swab tested, yesterday.

Notably, the recent implementation of "expanded and targeted" testing is the attributed cause of the COVID-19 upsurge in the province.

Meanwhile, the opening of the Rapid Testing Center at the Badoc control point has significantly heightened the security in the Southern Provincial Border; ensuring the early detection of the virus among returning residents, and the prevention of another potential outbreak.

Since its first day of operation on August 28 to September 3, the total number of Rapid Antigen Assay Test conducted in Badoc is 392, four (4) of which tested positive and have been denied entry for security purposes.

The cost of the antigen test is Php 1,000.00, with only an hour of waiting for the result. The Center is open every Monday to Saturday.

Further, the Provincial Government thru the initiative of Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc is eyeing to put up another Rapid Testing Center at the control point in Pagudpud and a PCR laboratory at the Gov. Roque B. Ablan Sr. Memorial Hospital to significantly increase the province's testing capacity.

To date, over 1, 600 Returning Overseas Filipinos and almost 5, 000 Locally Stranded individuals were already assisted.