Five individuals who were evacuated by the Marikina City local government during the height of typhoon “Ulysses” and who tested positive for the virus have been isolated and are under monitoring by local health officials.
Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said of the 153 evacuees who reacted to a rapid test, five were given a confirmatory swab test.
In a radio interview yesterday, he said, “Out of the 12,000 who were the subject of surveillance testing at the evacuation centers, 153 were reactive to rapid test. And of the 153, five tested positive and are in quarantine facilities now.”
Persons who had interactions with the five COVID-positive persons have also been tested. They all gave negative results.
Rapid tests were administered to all evacuees during the onslaught of typhoon “Ulysses” as a way of preventing the spread of the virus.
The Marikina mayor said the rapid test was used as a form of early detection.
The city has already deployed 190 contact tracers to evacuation centers.