OFW in Bohol tests positive for COVID-19: Gov. Yap

Joworski Alipon, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 13 2020 04:22 PM

Bohol Governor Arthur Yap announced on Wednesday that an overseas Filipino worker had tested positive for COVID-19 after undergoing confirmatory testing.

In a Facebook post, Yap said Central Visayas Health Director Dr. Jaime Bernadas informed him of the result. The patient initially yielded a false positive outcome.

Another OFW also went through confirmatory screening, and tested negative.

The two were brought to an isolation facility for the mandatory 14-day quarantine after arriving in Bohol in April.

Meanwhile, 63 other OFWs are still waiting for their polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results even after their mandatory quarantine period has ended.

Yap said they will only be allowed to go home once their PCR test results are out, indicating they are negative of the virus.

Those found positive will remain in the isolation facility.

Dr. Yul Lopez, assistant provincial health officer, said they were told to wait for the results as the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center is still processing some backlogs.

He said the VSMMC, a sub-national laboratory for COVID-19 testing, is waiting for an automated RNA extractor which is expected to arrive soon.

Bohol's first COVID-19 case was reported around three months ago involving a foreign visitor but has since recovered.