Three Thousand Five Hundred (3,500) test kits will soon arrive in the city of Baguio. The health authorities will prioritize testing those who have severe symptoms who are confined in different health facilities and the persons under investigation (PUIs) who are undergoing isolation either within their homes or established isolation facilities within the city. This is to be able to maximize the use of the available test kits.
Rapid Test Kits and PCR-Based Test Kits
According to Mayor Benjamin Magalong, the Two Thousand (2,000) test kits among the Three Thousand Five Hundred (3,500) test kits are Polymerase Chain Reaction based or PCR-based. While the other Five Hundred (500) Rapid Test Kits. The Rapid Test Kits will be given to the health department. This is as part of the city government’s support to the ongoing mass testing of probable COVID-19 carriers. There are also an additional One Thousand (1,000) test kits that will arrive courtesy of the SM Foundation. These test kits will be turned over to the independent testing laboratory.The city government will be using the Five Hundred (500) Rapid Test Kits for the identified persons under investigation (PUIs) who are either undergoing home quarantine or are confined in different hospitals within the city. Those who will test positive with the disease will be immediately subjected to the PCR-based test at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC), according to the city Chief Executive. The Three Thousand (3,000) test kits are already PCR-compatible.
Maximum Daily Tests that Can Be Done
Right now, the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC), an accredited independent testing center for the entire Northern Luzon, can test a maximum of One Hundred Sixty (160) daily. The number of daily tests the BGHMC can do daily could still increase once there is already an additional PCR Machine available to be used.SOURCE: Public Information Office – City of Baguio