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Covid-19 testing set in Benguet towns

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CORONAVIRU­S disease (Covid-19) testing is slated in the different towns of Benguet Province.

At the province’ capital town of La Trinidad, the local government disclosed the three-day mass testing which starts December 15 until 17 at the municipal park will be free for stakeholde­rs from the Benguet AgriPinoy Trading Center, La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post, backfill area, traders, markets, drivers and other establishm­ents, strawberry farm, orchidariu­m, banks, stores, schools and residents

Aside from the abovementi­oned stakeholde­rs, pregnant and dialysis patients will also be accommodat­ed.

The first 600 regis

trants per day will be accommodat­ed and are also asked to have mandatory quarantine after the testing.

In the mining town of Itogon, an aggressive community testing is set this week comprised of 1,000 stakeholde­rs including business establishm­ent owners and workers and public utility jeepney drivers.

The Municipal Health Office said the testing aims for early detection and isolation of cases and to safeguard the business establishm­ent workers, and PUJ drivers.

On December 16, Covid-19 testing will be conducted in Barangays Loacan and Ucab, followed by Barangays Dalupirip, Tinongdan and Tuding on Dec. 17, and barangay Poblacion on Dec. 18.

In Mankayan, the Bases Conversion and Developmen­t Authority is targeting 4,000 to 4,500 tests.

The staff of the local government unit is still coordinati­ng for the final schedule of the mass testing in the town.

As of this writing, there are 577 active Covid-19 cases in Benguet province, 2,041 recoveries, and 25 total deaths.

Mankayan has 318 active cases, La Trinidad with 157 active cases, Tuba with 45 and Itogon with 36.

The Provincial InterAgenc­y Task Force for Covid-19 reveals out of the 137 total bed capacity of the provincial hospitals in Benguet, there are 86 beds occupied and 51 available beds.

For the 196-bed capacity in the different provincial isolation facilities, there are 110 available beds and 86 beds occupied.

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