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Press Release/July 21, 2020

Department of Health (DOH) - CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) Regional Director today ordered swab testing for COVID-19 to all the employees of the region to monitor and promptly address those showing or manifesting symptoms of the virus.

Although it is not a requirement for employees to get tested, it is important for them to be aware of their health status. We have to provide them every protection they need, especially now that COVID-19 cases continuous to rise. This time of pandemic hindi ka nakakasiguro na hindi ka tatamaan lalo na sa mga empleyadong nagko-commute papasok sa opisina. Lahat sila expose sa hindi nakikitang virus. That is why everyone MUST take necessary precaution in order not to be infected,” Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo strongly stated before the start of the activity.

“This test will ensure early detection of cases kung meron mang mag-positive at timely isolation para maiwasan pa ang pagkalat nito. We also have isolation facilities for employees of the region who will be found out to be positive with the COVID-19 virus,” he added

The Oropharyngeal/Nasopharyngeal Al Swab Test for COVID-19 involves inserting a 6-inch long swab (like a long Q-tip) into the cavity between the nose and mouth (nasopharyngeal swab) for 15 seconds and rotating it several times. The swabbing will be repeated on the other side of the nose to ensure enough material is collected. The swab will then be placed into a container and sent to a lab for testing. The result can be known after 3-4 days.

Janairo reiterated that personal preventive measures such as physical/social distancing, proper handwashing and cough etiquette is still the effective ways to prevent the transmission.

“Importante na palakasin natin ang ating pangangatawan pati na ang kaisipan upang malabanan ang anumang sakit na maaring makaapekto sa ating kalusugan.”

The COVID-19 virus has affected 5,574 individuals in CALABARZON as of July 20, 2020.

Among the common signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness and dry cough. Some patients experience aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat and even diarrhea. 

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A nurse inserts the 6-inch long swab into the mouth of an employee and swabs the cavity between the nose and mouth for 15 seconds and rotating it several times to collect specimen/materials which will then be sent to a laboratory for testing and confirmation.

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A DOH CALABARZON employee submit himself for swab testing for COVID-19 to ensure protection against the virus

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Nurses and medtechs preps for the swab testing activity for DOH-CALABARZON employees held on July 21, 2020 a the regional office located at the Quirino Memorial Medical Center in Project 4, Quezon City

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An employee undergoes an interview before her swab test during the swab testing activity for DOH CALABARZON employees held on July 21, 2020 a the regional office located at the Quirino Memorial Medical Center in Project 4, Quezon City