4 more market vendors test positive for virus

FOUR more market vendors in Bacolod City have tested positive for the virus that causes the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

Executive Assistant Ernie Pineda, cluster head on markets and Bacolod Quick Response Team, said Monday, October 19, that of 347 vendors who underwent reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test, four of them yielded positive results.

He said of four vendors, two of them are from Burgos Public Market and two others are from Libertad Public Market.

He said the swab results were released on Saturday, October 17, and those who turned positive were all asymptomatic.

Pineda noted the four vendors were already extracted and transferred to the city's quarantine facility.

On October 10, about 1,665 market vendors from three major public markets -- Burgos Market, Libertad Market and Central Market -- joined the surveillance testing for Covid-19.

Of 1,665 vendors, 25 of them turned positive for the virus.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia earlier said that this is at 1.5 percent, an overwhelming success of the surveillance testing attributed to the cooperation and commitment of the market vendors in our effort to fight Covid-19.

He said the minimum health protocols are in place to assure the public that the markets are safe.

"Having this data now will help us assess if the safety protocols set in place by our market supervisors such as the wearing of face shields and face masks, installation of hand washing stations and imposing physical distancing, are effective," he added.


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