MANILA, Philippines -- All 200 members of the Philippine Sports Commission's workforce -- including some national athletes and coaches -- have tested negative for the novel coronavirus.
The PSC received the results last week after its staff underwent Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test or swab testing.
"We are thankful to the Lord that the PSC community is free from COVID-19. We hope and pray it stays that way," said PSC officer-in-charge Ramon Fernandez.
The PSC conducted RT-PCR tests for its staff and some members of the national team at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) in Manila and at the PhilSports Complex in Pasig City. The testing was done in three batches.
"We are proud to say that both PSC complexes, which is under a high-risk area since we have venues housing COVID-19 patients, can be declared COVID-19 free," said Dr. Randolph Molo, Head of PSC Medical Scientific Athletes Services (PSC-MSAS) Unit.
"We conducted the test to give the confidence back to the regular workforce, occupants, athletes, and coaches who frequently go to PhilSports and RMSC," Molo added.
The PSC opted for the swab test instead of rapid testing, as it is considered more reliable.
As of July 8, all 200 persons who were tested are clear of COVID-19. There were 112 persons tested at RMSC, and 88 at PhilSports.
"This should help restore the confidence and ease the fears of our staff as we continue to keep PSC COVID-19 free," said Molo.
After the RT-PCR testing, the PSC put in place additional security measures by requiring all staff working on-site to submit a health declaration form, which was made possible by QR code on the PSC website.
This is then screened by the MSAS unit, which will grant the staff a gate pass via SMS once they are cleared. The PSC hopes this practice will help keep its facilities coronavirus-free.
The PSC is also strictly implementing health security protocols advised by the Department of Health and the Inter-Agency Task Force in all of its facilities.
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