The local government unit of Marikina City conducted rapid testing at various evacuation centers after an evacuee tested positive for the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
Marikina City mayor Marcelino Teodoro confirmed on Friday, November 20, that the 68-year old evacuee stayed at the Brgy. Barangka Elementary School after he and his family were displaced by the massive flooding caused by Typhoon Ulysses.
“Naging maagap tayo dahil may comorbidities siya. Naka-quarantine siya for 13 days ngayon at tumatanggap siya ng medical supportive treatment,” Teodoro said during DZRH’s Damdaming Bayan.
The mayor assured that the four family members of the evacuee, and his 13 close contacts have tested negative for the illness after undergoing reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test.
However, Teodoro revealed that 40 individuals staying at other evacuation centers have also tested positive for COVID-19 after undergoing rapid testing.
“Kahapon din ay sumailalim sila PCR testing at ngayong umaga nga ay hinihintay natin ang resulta. Sa ngayon sila ay naka-quarantine na para preventive measure din kung sakaling positive sila ay hindi na makahawa sa iba pa,” he said.
Teodoro worries that Marikina City will see a surge of COVID-19 cases at evacuation centers.
Due to the recent typhoons, Teodoro admitted that Marikina City can only test elder people, children, pregnant women, individuals showing COVID-19 symptoms, and persons with comorbidities or pre-disposed illnesses.
“Hindi natin kayang mag-test ng lahat dahil sa dami, hindi magiging practical,” Teodoro explained.
“Ang totoo, kinakapos din kami ngayon nung test kit dahil nga walang supply nitong mga nakaraang araw dahil nga dito sa bagyong nangyari,” he added.