No new samples 'for confirmation'

NO NEW samples at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medial Center (VSMMC) sub-national laboratory for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Cebu City were tagged "for confirmation" as of 12 noon Friday, March 27, 2020, according to a Department of Health-Central Visayas situational report.

This means that the total number of samples for confirmation is still at 16.

Dr. Shelbay Blanco of the Department of Health (DOH)-Central Visayas said no new batch of test results have come out from VSMMC testing center.

The number of admitted Covid-19 cases in the region remains at one, referring to the positive case admitted at Chong Hua Hospital in Mandaue City.

The DOH Central Visayas, however, recorded a total of 129 persons with severe acute respiratory infection (Sari). Of the number, 127 are admitted in hospitals while two are under home isolation.

The DOH Central Visayas also recorded a total of 1,201 patients with influenza-like ilness (ILI). Of the total, 1,141 are under home isolation while 60 are admitted.

It also recorded a total of 15,856 persons under monitoring (PUM). Of the number, 15,798 are under home isolation, while 58 are admitted in hospitals.

There is a total of 6,419 PUMs who have completed quarantine period.

Blanco also clarified that out of the 16 samples from the VSMMC sub-national laboratory that are awaiting for confirmation, only eight samples and the repeat exam of the first Covid-19 case in Cebu were sent to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).

"Nine ato gisend. Wala na gisend ang latest nga eight (from the third batch of test)," he said in a text message to SunStar Cebu on Friday.

Blanco said they are still waiting for the confirmatory results from RITM and unless the results arrive, the results from the VSMMC testing center are still unofficial.

He added that this is part of their compliance of the laboratory facility accreditation. Once the results (which is at least five) are validated from RITM, then they can already release the results from VSMMC sub-national laboratory as official. (WBS)