ONLY two out of the 1,122 vendors in Carbon Public Market who took the test for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) were found to have an active infection.
In Lapu-Lapu City, also only two out of the 985 tricycle drivers who underwent testing for Covid-19 tested positive.
The two were already brought to a quarantine facility.
City Epidemiological and Surveillance Unit officer Grace Mary Carungay said their personnel were already deployed to trace the drivers’ direct contacts.
At the Carbon Public Market, the two vendors tested positive for Covid-19 using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, and they also tested positive for Immunoglobulins M (IgM) using the rapid diagnostic test (RDT), according to Cebu City Councilor Joel Garganera, deputy chief implementer of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
Garganera said on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, that there were actually eight vendors who tested positive in the PCR test. But six of them were Immunoglobulins G (IgG) positive, which means they are already considered as clinically recovered.
IgG positive means a person has already recovered from a certain virus but not necessarily Covid-19. IgM positive means a person has an early-stage infection of any influenza-like virus. IgM/IgG positive means a person has an ongoing infection of any influenza-like virus but not necessarily Covid-19.
The two Covid-19 positive individuals have been isolated and provisions were given to them, said Garganera.
The 1,122 vendors were the individuals tested for the last five weekdays—294 last Sept. 30; 266, Oct. 1; 279, Oct. 2; 228, Oct. 5; and 55, Oct. 7.
Garganera said the testing is extended until the end of this week so that all the 2,000 vendors will be tested.
The EOC and the Department of Health 7 conducted both the RDT and pooled PCR test to all the vendors in Carbon to ensure the safety of the area.
The two vendors in isolation can let their substitutes look after their stalls.
The whole Carbon Public Market complex was divided into five zones. If there is a need for lockdown, it can be implemented by zone.
Garganera said that after Carbon, the EOC is eyeing to also conduct testing in the transportation sector, malls, supermarkets and other public markets in the city.
The Covid-19 testing for tricycle drivers is still ongoing in Lapu-Lapu City.
After less than 1,000 tricycle drivers took the test, Mayor Junard Chan has threatened not to allow drivers from operating if they fail to take the test.
Tricycle drivers have been allowed to operate again through special permits as the city is now under the modified general community quarantine.
Chan said he may revoke the driver’s special permit. The driver, if he insists on driving his tricycle, will be slapped with fines.
The drivers who tested negative for Covid-19 will receive a certificate and an identification card stating they are healthy. These documents must be displayed inside their tricycles.
Chan said he implemented the mass testing for tricycle drivers to ensure the safety of the passengers. (JJL, GCM / KAL)