DOH performs nearly 40k individual tests for Covid-19

DOH performs nearly 40k individual tests for Covid-19

The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday performed a total of 39,947 individual tests for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

“As of April 14, 6 p.m., some 5,782 are positive cases and 34,116 are negative. Lilinawin natin na ang total positive cases ay maaring mas mataas kaysa sa total confirmed cases dahil dumadaan parin ito sa case validation and processing and ‘yun pong positive cases na admitted sa hospitals ay maaaring nagkakaroon ng (We’re clarifying that the total positive cases could be higher than total confirmed cases because these go through case validation and processing and positive cases admitted in hospitals may have) repeat tests,” DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during the Covid-19 virtual presser on Wednesday.

Based on the latest data in the DOH nCov tracker, the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) has performed the most number of individual tests with 29,262; followed by the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) with 2,199; Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) with 1,975; Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) with 1,534; and Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) with 1,422.

The tracker showed there are 103,320 remaining Covid-19 test kits distributed among the 16 accredited testing centers nationwide which include the RITM, BGHMC, SPMC, VSMMC, WVMC, San Lazaro Hospital in Manila City, University of Philippines National Institutes of Health in Manila City, St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City, St. Luke’s Medical Center in BGC, Makati Medical Center in Makati City, Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP) in Quezon City, The Medical City in Ortigas, Pasig City, Victoriano Luna Hospital in Quezon City (in coordination with AFRIMS), Detoxicare Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory in Mandaluyong City, Philippine Red Cross in Mandaluyong City, and Bicol Regional Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory in Legazpi City.

To date, about 117 of the 3,253 confirmed case hospital admissions nationwide are new admissions.

As of April 12, there are a total of 3,191 beds for Covid-19 patients in hospitals, 1,474 mechanical ventilators and 12, 413 beds in identified community isolation facilities nationwide.

Meanwhile, there are 29,724 face shields, 24,700 goggles, 35, 390 gowns, 18,922 N95, 87,493 shoe covers, 73,183 surgical masks and 775,891 headcovers available in hospitals nationwide.— By Ma. Teresa Montemayor / (PNA) 

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