Sat. Jul 24th, 2021

THE Department of Health (DOH) is making preperations for the possible surge of Delta variant cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) by preparing contingency plans with all Level 3 public and private hospitals, and augmenting the current gemone sequencing equipment of the department.

DOH Undersecretary and Covid-19 treatment czar Leopoldo Vega said that besides preparing for contingency plans with all Level 3 public and private hospitals, the department is getting the commitment of health workers to deal with the possible surge in Delta cases.

For her part, DOH Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire said the Philippine Genome Center is procuring an additional genome sequencing machine so it can double its testing for the Delta variant.

The DOH is also testing and quarantining previous Delta variant cases to verify their status as some who were earlier tagged as recoveries tested positive anew for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Vergeire said the retesting and repeat quarantine will be done for nine local Delta variant cases and five returning overseas Filipinos.

“So that is our existing protocol right now,” Vergeire said.

She said patients will remain in isolation until they test negative after 14 days.

The DOH said all Delta variant cases “are immediately reassessed to determine their current clinical, laboratory, and isolation status”.

Patients shall be swabbed for repeat reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction tests at the end of their isolation or upon determination that they were positive for the Delta variant.

Contact tracing done shall be reviewed to identify close contacts whose samples may be eligible for sequencing, she added.

Currently, the Philippines has detected 35 Delta variant cases, three of whom have died. 

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