A returning overseas Filipino worker in Bohol has tested positive for Covid-19. The 48-year-old has returned to Bohol from Manila on April 28 through the Malasakit voyage.
Bohol Governor Arthur Yap confirmed the report about the first local infection based on an update from DOH-7 regional director Jaime Bernadas.
Bernadas told Yap that they already have the results of the second PCR tests of the two OFWs who tested positive in an earlier PCR test in Cebu.
“This time, only one of the two remained positive of Covid-19,” Yap said, saying that the other one is now negative of coronavirus.
Yap quoted Bernadas as saying that they are still waiting for the results of the PCR tests of the 46 other OFWs from Bohol.
The 48 OFWs were found to be negative in the rapid diagnostic test (RDT) before they left Manila.
Upon their stopover in Cebu on their way to Bohol, swab specimens were collected for PCR analysis at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center Sub-National Laboratory (VSMMC-SNL).
“They were already in the quarantine facility in Bohol when the results came out on May 2,” Yap said.
The 48 OFWs were immediately given rapid tests and they all tested negative in the results that became available late night of May 2.
On May 5, the 48 OFWs and also the 15 OFWs who arrived Bohol a day ahead of them were subjected to another PCR test.
“This morning (May 13), only the results of the PCR tests of the two who earlier tested positive are available yet,” Yap added.
All of the OFWs remain in their rooms in hotels where they are kept for quarantine.
Yap assured that the medical team has the capability to manage the situation to prevent local transmission. (PNA)