36 Bilibid PDLs found with COVID-19 following rapid tests

Thirty-six persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa have tested positive for the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after undergoing rapid tests, the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) disclosed on Friday, Oct. 16. The BuCor assured in a statement that the 36 PDLs have been brought to the COVID-19 isolation facility called Site Harry at the NBP. Aside from this, the 36 PDLs underwent confirmatory reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests to determine if they indeed have COVID-19. “If results of the confirmatory test is released, those who are positive for the Covid 19 virus will remain at Site Harry until recovery,” the BuCor said. “The rest who test negative go back to their cells,” it added. The BuCor noted that said RT-PCR tests were conducted by the BuCor Medical Team and supervised by the Department of Health (DOH). The 36 PDLs were among 200 inmates at the NBP’s Maximum Security Compound who underwent COVID-19 rapid tests last Oct. 13. “BuCor’s continuous conduct of rapid test and swab test (RT-PCR) among its PDL is proven to be effective as can be seen in the Bureau’s present covid tally showing low infection rate, low number of active cases and high recovery rate,” the bureau said......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnOct 16th, 2020

7 Cainta municipal employees infected

Seven personnel of the Cainta Municipal Council and Vice Mayor’s Office were found positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) using rapid tests, the results of which are subject to confirmatory tests, Mayor Kit Nieto bared. The employees have been swabbed for confirmatory tests while Nieto has ordered the disinfection and temporary closure of the whole […] The post 7 Cainta municipal employees infected appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2020

21 new COVID cases in Zamboanga jail

Sixteen more inmates and five jail personnel at the Zamboanga City Reformatory Center were found positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, rapid tests conducted yesterday showed......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 12th, 2020

Contacts of OFW with COVID-19 variant tested

Family members and other contacts of an overseas Filipino worker found infected with the COVID-19 variant upon arrival in Hong Kong last week underwent swab tests yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 9th, 2021

31 Bilibid inmates catch virus

At least 31 inmates of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa have been isolated after they tested positive for COVID-19 during rapid antigen testing, the Bureau of Corrections reported yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 4th, 2021

Rapid antibody test, antigen test, RT-PCR test: How are they different?

There are now three different kinds of COVID-19 tests approved for varying degrees of use in the Philippines. But what are these tests and how are they different?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2020

WHO gives poorer nations virus testing boost

GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — Some 120 million rapid tests for COVID-19 will be made available to poorer countries at $5 each, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced Monday — if it can find the money. The WHO said the $600 million scheme would enable low- and middle-income countries to close the dramatic gap in testing […] The post WHO gives poorer nations virus testing boost appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 29th, 2020

Experts reviewing WHO guidelines on rapid antigen test – DOH

Health experts are reviewing the omnibus guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on the use of rapid antigen tests to detect COVID-19 following a recommendation by the World Health Organization, the Department of Health said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 14th, 2020

COVID-19 testing lab opens in Las Pinas

A laboratory for the processing of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) tests has been opened in Las Piñas City. The COVID-19 testing facility is located in the Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center (LPGH-STC) and is equipped with GeneXpert and real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) machines to process specimens collected from suspected and probable COVID-19 patients. Senator Cynthia Villar welcomed the development and expressed hope that similar facilities would be set up and accredited in other areas in the Philippines. “DOH-operated hospitals should have their own testing centers, I hope the Department of Health (DOH) could fast-track their application because we really need to improve our testing and tracing capacity and the accuracy of reporting of cases in this fight against COVID-19,” Villar said in a statement. Villar said the establishment of the testing laboratory will improve the country’s testing capacity and recovery rate. She said the RT-PCR machines have already passed the assessment of experts, as well the laboratory personnel who passed the proficiency exam and were found to be competent to handle the GeneXpert technology. Next week, the personnel will undergo proficiency exam in using the RT-PCR testing machine. She acknowledged that the Las Piñas facility needs to go through a multi-stage process of laboratory assessment. Earlier, the Villar family donated the equipment to the hospital to be able operate its own COVID-9 testing center, such as a donated a laboratory freezer, biological refrigerator, autoclave sterilizer and passbox. They also provided assistance in ensuring that the renovation or retrofitting of the area assigned as a Covid testing laboratory will conform to the standards approved by the DOH and World Health Organization. The RT-PCR machine, meanwhile, was donated by San Miguel Foundation to LPGH-STC and will start to operate next week......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsSep 9th, 2020

Cebu City to pilot pool testing among vendors

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City will be the pioneer city to implement the pooled swab testing initiative of Project Antibody Rapid Test Kit (ARK) that is the new way of swab testing to save tests kits and test more individuals for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This was pushed by Iloilo Representative Jent Garin, […] The post Cebu City to pilot pool testing among vendors appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 20th, 2020

PGH: Rapid tests not for COVID-19 screening

The Philippine General Hospital is opposed to the use of rapid antibody test in screening patients for COVID-19, saying it could not detect 80 percent of infected individuals......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 15th, 2020

DOH: No need to ban rapid test kits

The Department of Health is not about to ban the use of rapid antibody tests for COVID-19, saying it can still be used in some ways for coronavirus response......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 11th, 2020

DOH: Rapid antibody tests not for screening COVID-19 cases but still useful

Medical organizations have been sounding the alarm over the use of rapid antibody testing, saying results might create a false sense of security that may have contributed to the spread of COVID-19 in the Philippines......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 10th, 2020

Metro Cebu Mayors Back Random Covid-19 Tests for Workers

Local government leaders in Metro Cebu have backed measures requiring businesses to do random coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) tests on their workers and suspend their operations if an employee is found positive of the virus. These measures are pushed by the Project Balik Buhay (PBB), a post-Covid, public-private collaborated roadmap for businesses to safely reopen, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsAug 9th, 2020

PH reports milestone 103,185 mark in COVID-19 cases

The COVID-19 health crisis in the country hit a milestone on Sunday, August 2, as more than 100,000 people were confirmed to have been infected by the deadly disease since the first case was detected last January. The Department of Health (DOH) reported 5,032 new infections, raising the total number of cases to 103,185. The country’s new cases hit fresh highs  in terms of daily reported infections for four straight days already—beating the 4,963 cases recorded on Saturday, August 1.  The active cases stood at 35,569, the DOH said.  The number of recoveries is now at 65,557 with 301 new patients who have recuperated. The death toll jumped to 2,059 as 20 more patients succumbed to the respiratory illness.  This scenario was way ahead of the projection of experts from the University of the Philippines (UP) last July 7— saying that the country could surpass 100,000 cases by the end of August. It can be noted that the Philippines only had a total of 38,511 confirmed cases on July 1. The daily tallies since then ranged between 290 to 5,000 cases. The Philippines ranked 26th with the most number of cases worldwide, based on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVID-19 dashboard.Among the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Philippines placed second in terms of case total.  As of Saturday, August 1, the Philippines has tested a total of  1,433,544 people or 1.35 percent of its 106 million population. The total number of tests conducted is at 1,534,319. Moreover, there are 97 COVID-19 licensed laboratories with an overall daily testing capacity of around 28,000. Majority of the infections in the country are found in the National Capital Region (NCR), which is the epicenter of COVID-19 in the country. To date, the number of cases in NCR reached 53,135 with active cases at 17,613, based on the DOH COVID-19 tracker.  Early in July, WHO Country Representative to the Philippines Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe underscored the importance of releasing the test result in a fast manner with an ideal turnaround time of  “less than 24 hours,” as well as to strengthen the contact tracing initiatives. He then also expressed concern over the spike of COVID-19 cases being detected outside the NCR, describing it as a “worrying phenomena.” DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that they are already expecting that the number of cases will shoot up due to the easing of quarantine restrictions. Authorities continuously urged the public to remain vigilant and follow the precautionary measures at all times.  The government relaxed quarantine restrictions in many areas of the country in June, while some reverted or remained under strict measures. The NCR was downgraded to general community quarantine (GCQ) starting June 1 from the much stricter lockdown of modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). At that time, experts from UP said that it  “might be premature to relax the MECQ to GCQ” as the rate of transmission in NCR remains high. Several medical associations on Saturday called on the government to place NCR under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) as healthcare workers are already exhausted and in order to slow down the increase of infections......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Recto appeals for free rapid testing for LSIs

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto on Wednesday appealed for free RT-PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests for locally-stranded individuals before they are sent home. (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN) The LSIs, he said, should also be treated as VIPs, or “very important passengers” and have them avail of the COVID-19 swab tests before they are transported back to their home provinces. “These ‘VIPs’ are entitled to the same gold standard of testing, more so that they’ve been lodged in a place that will check all the boxes in the list of a possible outbreak spot,” said Recto. Recto was commenting on the thousands of LSIs crammed at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila, brushing aside physical distancing protocols while they wait for their turn to be brought home under the government’s “Hatid Tulong” program. “If we have tested for free those who’ve been on strict quarantine because they’re going to listen to a speech, then all the more we should test exposed individuals who are going home to their loved ones,” he said, referring to the RT-PCR tests conducted for lawmakers and attendees of President Duterte’s recent State of the Nation Address (SONA). “May karapatan din sa peace of mind ang mga komunidad na naghihintay sa kanilang pagdating (Those who have been waiting for them in their communities also have the right to peace of mind),” he pointed out. Recto said the PCR tests will also help prevent the entry and spread of the novel coronavirus in local government units. “A swab test will ensure that the coronavirus will not be hitchhiking to family reunions. Those positive will be flagged from boarding. And spare understaffed and underfunded LGUs and local hospitals from handling a ‘pasa load’ from the national government,” he said. “Kung ngayon, bawal magtransport ng baboy dahil sa ASF at kailangan may certificate na ligtas ang mga ito, tao pa kaya?” he also noted. While saying that he was also “painfully aware” of the shortage on test kits, he lamented the plight of LSIs who have been stranded for months or have resorted to sleeping on streets. Recto said he will defer to the Interagency Task Force of Emerging Infectious Diseases to study and consider the call. Under the Hatid Tulong program, the LSIs must undergo rapid test for COVID-19  and secure medical clearance and travel authority before being allowed to depart going to their provinces. Reports said at least 20 LSIs in the Rizal Stadium have tested positive for antibodies in the rapid tests......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2020

Zubiri tests positive again for COVID-19

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri tested positive again for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Monday. Zubiri, who was supposed to be at Batasang Pambansa to attend President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SoNA), announced that his swab test showed that he was positive again for the coronavirus. “Even after three rapid tests that […] The post Zubiri tests positive again for COVID-19 appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 27th, 2020

SM tests over 140K employees for COVID-19

In support of the national government’s drive to broaden testing for COVID-19, SM has done repeated rounds of rapid testing and RT-PCR testing for its employees and agency workers, covering more than 140,000 individuals across its supermarkets, retail stores, malls, residential and property companies......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 25th, 2020

Why are rapid antibody tests not recommended for COVID-19?

MANILA, Philippines — Despite previous pronouncements from the Department of Health (DOH) as well as health experts warning against the use of rapid antibody test kit to check if a person is infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) or not, the test kits continue to be in use.  But why? No less than former health […] The post Why are rapid antibody tests not recommended for COVID-19? appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2020

DOH: COVID-19 rapid tests not ideal for mass screening of workers

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday reiterated that the use of rapid antibody test kits is not recommended for the screening of workers as the tests may yield inaccurate results that may further contribute to the spread of the disease. The DOH made the declaration after seven medical organizations expressed concern […] The post DOH: COVID-19 rapid tests not ideal for mass screening of workers appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 20th, 2020

Local Roundup: Private firms told: Conduct random tests

The Department of Health has urged businesses to conduct random COVID-19 testing of their employees through rapid tests every two weeks, an official said Thursday, as the country continued to restart the economy with relaxed lockdowns......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 16th, 2020