A TOTAL of 500 employees of the Consolacion Municipal Government were swabbed for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
Mayor Joannes Alegado said they wanted to ensure municipal offices remained Covid-19 free.
He said the testing was necessary since majority of their employees are considered frontliners and encounter many people on a daily basis.
The testing started on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. It is being done in batches to avoid hampering basic services.
Alegado earlier said he wanted to include barangay workers, public school teachers, local police and other uniformed personnel assigned in his town.
Those found positive will be advised to return home and undergo isolation. They will not be allowed to return to work unless they are cleared in another swab test.
Municipal Health Officer Dr. Fe Pardillo said the results will be released in two or three days.
Those found positive can still receive their salaries while they undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Regular employees will be granted Covid-19 leave and there will be no deduction on their regular leave credits.
They will also receive assistance from the Municipal Government.
An employee who refuses to undergo a swab test must provide a valid reason, said Pardillo.
In Lapu-Lapu City, some 300 boatmen and motorbanca operators were swabbed in preparation for the reopening of island-hopping activities.
Mayor Junard Chan said he initiated the free testing to ensure that tourists will not get infected.
Chan said they also distributed vitamins and provided free diagnostic testing.
Grace Mary Carungay, the city’s epidemiological surveillance officer, urged those who underwent the test not to leave their homes until the results are released within three to five days.
Those who test negative will get a flu vaccine and an ID card stating he or she is Covid-free.
Those who test positive will be confined at the Sta. Rosa Hospital in Olango Island or undergo isolation in a city facility in Barangay Gun-ob for 14 days.
Meanwhile, the City will initiate a massive coastal cleanup on Sept. 19, or just before it formally reopens its tourism destinations. (ANV, GCM / JKV)