DOH Caraga has also provided technical assistance to Butuan City government in the conduct of the rapid testing (Immunologic Method) for the PUIs admitted in the city hospital annex or the designated PUI Center.
There were reactive samples found.
These tests, however, must be confirmed using the COVID-19 RT-PCR Test which is administered by the identified sub-national laboratories.
Rapid test kits will measure antibodies present but not the viral load which is why a confirmatory RT-PCR based test is still required.
The samples from the rapid tests taken will be brought today to SPMC for confirmatory testing.
With the confirmation of the 1st COVID-19 case in Caraga region, DOH Caraga regional director Dr. Jose R. Llacuna, Jr. reminds the public that this is something that they need to take seriously. Follow the policies set by the government and by DOH.
Remember to practice physical distancing, hand hygiene, cough etiquette, boost their immune system, and avoid sharing unverified news.