SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — A second swab test on a female foreigner turned negative only three (3) days after she tested positive of Covid -19 in her first test, raising doubts on the accuracy of the tests even from swab samples.
“The 44-year-old female foreigner who tested positive from swab samples taken on Aug. 25, underwent another swabbing on Aug. 28 and the results of her second RT-PCR test released on Aug. 29 indicated she is negative of the Covid-19 virus,” Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Wilma T. Eisma said in a statement on Tuesday.
Tagged as patient SBFZ-G09 for being classified as a “guest worker,” she “displayed mild symptoms” and “was admitted to a hospital in the Subic Bay Freeport,” Eisma said without disclosing which hospital in an earlier statement.
A subsequent statement from Eisma said “she is now in a quarantine hotel to complete a 14-day isolation period.”
A Subic Freeport doctor consulted by Subic Bay News who requested not to be named for lack of authority to speak on the matter, said there is “no definitive explanation” as to why a test result could reverse in a matter of three (3) days.
The positive reading on the female foreigner prompted the SBMA Public Health and Safety Department to order the lockdown of the company where she works, as well as the mass testing, at the company’s expense, of all 132 personnel in the compound, described by Eisma as an “industrial-residential facility.”
Despite the negative 2nd test result of the female foreigner, however, the mass testing revealed three (3) more covid-19 positive results in the “industrial-residential facility” which include a 2-year-old boy (SBFZ-G12), a 10-year-old girl (SBFZ-G11), both children of different stay-in workers, and a 28-year-old male foreigner (SBFZ-G10), also a stay-in worker.
As with the female foreigner, SBFZ-G10’s nationality was not revealed in Eisma’s statement.
Contact tracing allegedly has not yet been completed to determine if the contaminations were related.
As of Tuesday (Sept. 1), the total confirmed Covid-19 cases among SBFZ-guests/transient workers has risen to twelve (12), with five (5) active cases and seven (7) recoveries.
Subic Bay Freeport residents found positive of the virus as of last report was at ten (10) with six (6) active cases and four (4) recoveries, while four (4) SBMA employees infected are all still active cases, according to Eisma.
“Again, we advise all stakeholders of the Subic Bay Freeport to exercise further caution, strictly observe health protocols, and practice health safety measures both in workplaces and at home. (VVV)