Mayor Rivera mulls to put up more antigen swabbing stations vs Covid-19 in GenSan


General Santos City Mayor Ronnel Rivera is mulling to open more Community-Based Antigen Swabbing Stations (C-BASS) against coronavirus disease in the city, an official said.

This was after the local government unveiled two more C-BASS at Calumpang Sports Complex and Dadiangas West Central Elementary School (DWCES) Monday, November 16, to further expand the Covid-19 testing capacity of GenSan.

Lester Lopez, Medical Technologist from the City Health Office (CHO), said Rivera is planning to establish three additional C-BASS, particularly at the airport, seaport, and major entry points of the city.

He said the LGU has stockpiled almost 18,000 test kits which are projected to last until January of 2021.

The new C-BASS will support their surrounding clusters and barangays to help early identification, isolation, and treatment of COVID cases and to help decongest testing at the Dr. Jorge P. Royeca Hospital (DJPRH) Modular Testing Laboratory, he said.

As of November 13, the official noted that the city has a 7.06 percent Covid-19 positivity rate, which is significantly lower than the 40 percent positivity rate the city had before it increased testing.

The positivity rate is defined as, “the percentage of all coronavirus tests performed that are actually positive.”

The standard positivity rate as dictated by the Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) Team of the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 is 5 percent.