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DOH-CALABARZON initiates 'Project Delta' to stop local trasnmission

QUEZON CITY --The Department of Health (DOH) CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) recently initiated “Project DELTA” (Detect Early Local Transmission through Antigen Testing) to provinces where the Delta variant were identified.

The Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) together with the Regional Infectious Disease Cluster led the mass swab testing in the Province of Laguna from July 30, 2021 to August 13, 2021, particularly in Brgy. Sta. Monica in San Pablo City, Brgy. San Nicolas in the town of Bay, Brgy. Wawa in Lumban, Brgys. Barandal and Canlubang in Calamba City. A total of 343 individuals were tested.

Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated that those who have undergone antigen testing were direct contacts of individuals who were afflicted with the Delta variant virus. “We need to strengthen the implementation of the prevent, detect, isolate, treat and re-integrate response strategies against the Covid-19 virus.”

“Ang mga health workers natin kasama ang ating mga LGUs ay tuloy-tuloy ang ginagawang mass testing sa mga barangay na mayroong mga identified delta variant cases. Kailangang sa community pa lang ay malaman na natin kung sino ang mayroon nito upang ma-isolate na agad at mabigyan ng agarang gamot upang hindi na kumalat at makahawa pa ng iba.”

“Mabilis na kumakalat ngayon sa ating bansa ang mga COVID-19 variants kaya’t kailangang nating doblehin ang pag-iingat upang tayo ay maging ligtas. We must strictly follow community safety protocols. Magpabakuna na kung hindi pa nakatanggap ng Covid vaccine upang magkaroon ng dagdag proteksyon,” Janairo reminded.

A young boy undergoes antigen testing during the conduct of "Project DELTA" led by DOH-CALABARZON officials and LGU health workers in Barangay Sta, Monica in San Pablo City, Laguna July 30, 2021. (Photo & caption: DOH-CALABARZON)

According to the Regional Biosurveillance Update of August 13, 2021, there were a total of 111 Delta variant cases identified from among the five provinces namely Cavite (41 cases), Laguna (35 cases), Batangas (14 cases), Rizal (14 cases) and Quezon (7).

Janairo added that there are no active cases recorded. There are however 48 recoveries, 34 cases for verification, 27 were pending retest result and 2 deaths reported.

The Project “Delta” Initiative started last July 22, 2021.

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