Two more evacuees in Marikina City have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) while more than 100 others were found to be “reactive” in the rapid testing, according to Mariz Umali’s report on “24 Oras.”
The local government said that those reactive must take a confirmatory swab test as the infection found in their bodies might be caused by the coronavirus or some other virus.
“[M]ay dalawang nag positive doon at kaya ‘yung dalawang nag-positive, mananatili sila sa quarantine facilities ng Marikina sa Marikina Hotel,” Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro said.
This brings the total number of COVID-19 positive evacuees to three as one senior citizen from Barangka Elementary School earlier tested positive for the illness.
The patient is currently in stable condition and receiving medical supportive treatment. The patient was already infected with the virus even before arriving at the evacuation center.
“Positive na pala siya sa ospital bago lumabas. At nung mag evacuate siya dito, positive na siya. Mali, eh, mali. Hindi nga dapat pinalaabs ng ospital,” Teodoro said.
“Dapat may malinaw na protocol. Maaring wala nang symptoms, maaring wala nang nararamdaman ‘yung tao o nagamot na siya doon sa sakit niya, pero ‘yung threat na makahawa siya ay naroon,” he added.
His family members, as well as 13 individuals who had direct and secondary contact with him, tested negative for COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the patients waiting for the results of their confirmatory swab test have already been isolated.
Teodoro also expressed concern over the rising number of evacuees being found “reactive” in the rapid testing.
“We are in a public health emergency. Concern ito at bahagi ito ng priorities ng pamahalaan. Nagkataoon lang na kinomplicate ito at dinagdagan ng bigat at ng problema doon sa bigat at problema ng pinsala ng bagyong Ulysses,” Teodoro said. -MDM, GMA News