The Davao City health team on Monday conducted screening and rapid test on the 300 vendors at Agdao Public Market as part of the coronavirus contact tracing of the city government.
The health screening and rapid testing followed the closure of the Agdao Public Market for a week starting on Saturday, 23 May 2020, after six patients with travel history to the wet market tested positive of the coronavirus.
City Health Office (CHO) team will also randomly take swab samples from people to be processed in the real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) machine.
“In consultation sa mga doctors and sa City Health Office nato, atoang gisara ang atoang public market para makapagpahigayon ta og pangpanlimpyo and pangitaon kung kinsa sa atoang mga tao diha sa public market ug employees and vendors and other people nga naga trabaho diha sa public market kung kinsa sa ilaha ang naga exhibit og symptoms sa Covid-19 and i-testing pud nato sila (In consultation with our doctors and the City Health Office, we closed the public market so we can implement cleaning and trace our people there, employees and vendors who experience symptoms of Covid-19 and test them),” Mayor Inday Sara Duterte said over the Davao City Disaster Radio.
Mayor Sara said that Agdao Public Market will be closed for seven days for disinfection and case finding but could be extended depending on the evaluation of the Epidemiologist and Infectious Disease Specialist doctors.
Mayor Sara, however, also assured the affected vendors of the city government’s food assistance through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).
“Ang atoang vendors aduna silay ayuda nga grocery packs gikan sa CSWDO (Our vendors will be given grocery packs from our CSWDO),” she said.
According to the Covid-19 Risk Assessment in Davao City, Agdao Public Market is classified as a High-Risk area for Covid-19 since it is located within Barangay Agdao Proper. CIO