Confirmatory test shows Capitol employee negative for coronavirus
MALAYBALAY CITY (07 August 2020)— The female government aide who tested positive for coronavirus yesterday was declared negative in confirmatory tests conducted by the Department of Health.
This was announced in a regional press briefing today by Dr. Adriano Suba-an, DOH-10 director. He said the initial RT-PCR result was “inconclusive" so they had to rerun the same swab sample.
Atty. Jay Albarece, provincial administrator, however, said a “positive” result was relayed to them yesterday prompting the suspension of work at the Capitol. The employee was reported to be asymptomatic with no history of travel or exposure to a Covid patient.
He said the 42-year-old aide was one of the few tested Monday, Aug. 3, using personal RT-PCR kits of Gov. Jose Ma. Zubiri, Jr. The swab samples were then sent to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center in Cagayan de Oro to be scanned by its RT-PCR machines.
By Tuesday, Zubiri ordered testing of all 3, 682 Capitol employees citing the rising infection rates in Bukidnon. Latest count by the Provincial Health Office recorded 93 cases.
The reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test remains the gold standard for Covid testing as it detects the genetic material of the virus. The rapid test, which uses blood samples, only detects antibodies or fighter cells.
Albarece said the employee was swabbed for the second time yesterday while under isolation at the Northern Mindanao Wellness and Reintegration Center. The result also came negative.
In a Facebook post, the employee’s husband thanked people for their “concern, love, and prayers,” but decried the discrimination their whole family faced. “Dili lalim amo naagian nga stress,” (We went through extreme stress) he wrote.
To this, Albarece said, “We hope she and her family recovers emotionally. Dili to sayon.” (It was not easy.)
He added that work at the Capitol will resume on Monday. The testing of all employees, he said, will still be scheduled.
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