5 missing Covid patients remain untraceable

THE contact tracing team of Bacolod City is still looking for five individuals who tested positive for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) during the mass testing on August 27 to 29 in the city but whose whereabouts were unknown.

This was stressed by Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, after they determined that these five persons were using fictitious names and inaccurate addresses.

Familiaran, chairperson of Bacolod City Inter-Agency Task Force against Covid-19, said of 531 persons who tested positive for Covid-19 during the mass testing, 33 were nowhere to be found.

He said of 33 individuals, 28 of them were already traced by the city's contact tracers and five are still not found.

Familiaran added they are facing difficulty in locating the five persons because they registered fictitious names, inaccurate addresses and contact numbers.

He noted when they checked the names of the five persons at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Land Transportation Office (LTO), their names did not exist and one of them was using the name of a dead person.

On August 27 to 29, a total of 4,384 persons in Bacolod City underwent reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing for Covid-19. Of the number, 531 turned positive.

"They should be responsible because they are positive for Covid-19. They should care for their families and the community. We need the cooperation of everybody here to prevent the spread of Covid-19," Familiaran said.

He said those who tested positive for Covid-19 should be placed in the city's quarantine center.

Familiaran added they are hopeful that the five individuals will cooperate and coordinate with barangay officials to determine those who have close contacts with them.


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