Marikina buys 3K coronavirus test kits

March 11, 2020

THE local government of Marikina announced yesterday the procurement of 3,000 test kits as the city now has a total of five confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Marikina Mayor Marcelino “Marcy’Teodoro said  the COVID-19 testing kits that they will purchase were developed by the scientists of the UP National Institutes of Health, which was approved by Food and Drug Administration Director Eric Domingo.

“As part of our aggressive measures against COVID-19, I have ordered for the procurement of 3,000 testing kits for the disease after talks with Director Eric Domingo of FDA,” Mayor Marcy said.

According to him, it is vital to quickly test people exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 so that contract tracing will be immediately conducted to contain and prevent the spread of the disease should a resident test positive for the disease.

“We already ordered testing kits yesterday. It is very important to test those exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Ito ay para maging effective and timely ang contact tracing natin para ma-contain at hindi na mag-spread, at para na rin ma-disinfect natin ang mga lugar na pinuntahan nila,” the mayor said.

“Kailangan natin agad malaman if positive ang isang tao para ma-treat na sila, ma-contain, at ma-disinfect ang mga lugar na pinuntahan nila. Talagang napaka-importante ng contact tracing at containment para hindi na kumalat ang COVID-19.”

The four new cases of COVID-19 in Marikina all came from one household as they were infected by the 86-year-old man, the first case recorded in the city, Mayor Marcy disclosed.

“All in all, may five confirmed cases na kami ng COVID-19 dito sa Marikina. ‘Yung apat na bagong nag-positive ay kamag-anak nung first case namin. They all came from one household kaya this is just local transmission and not community transmission kasi wala naman nahawaang kapitbahay or taong hindi nakatira sa bahay nila,” Mayor  Marcy said.

“Kabilang na sa 33 na inannounce ng DOH ‘yung limang cases natin dito sa Marikina,” he said.

Mayor Marcy said the four new cases recorded in the city are showing signs of recovery. “Advanced age na itong apat na bagong nagpositibo. May signs of recovery na sila,” he said.

The 86-year-old man, who travelled to South Korea, was in critical condition yesterday at the hospital where he is being treated, he added.    

Mayor Marcy said that three overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are returning from Japan volunteered to undergo quarantine on March 15.

Meanwhile, he said five residents—who came in close contact with those who tested positive for the disease—voluntarily submitted themselves for quarantine and are now about to be tested for COVID-19.

Marikenos were urged by the mayor to remain calm and not to panic for the cases are still not considered as a community transmission.

“This new cases remain as a local transmission and not a community transmission for the involved are only within one household,” Mayor Marcy stressed.