The 71-year-old male from Barangay Banago, who was the first Delta variant case in Bacolod City, has again tested positive for COVID-19, Em Ang, city administrator and Emergency Operations Center executive director, said Monday, August 16.
It is normal for post COVID patients who undergo RT-PCR tests to be found positive again because they still have remnants of the virus that can still be detected by the machine, she said.
A close contact of the 71-year-old also tested positive for COVID-19.
The 32-year-old pregnant woman from Barangay Sum-ag, who is the second Delta variant case in Bacolod City, tested negative for COVID-19 on retesting, Ang said.
However, her 8 and 5 year old children and a male neighbor have tested positive for COVID-19, she said.
“Do not suspect that they also have the Delta variant because based on the results of their RT-PCR tests their cycle threshold is higher than 30”, she said, of the close contacts who tested positive.
To qualify for genome sequencing the cycle threshold should be below 30, she said.
The COVID-19 positive close contacts of the Delta variant cases have been quarantined at the Sum-ag National High School, she said.
The 32-year-old from Barangay Sum-ag who is due to give birth in September has accompanied her two minor children at the quarantine facility, Ang added.
Bacolod City is waiting for the results of 169 specimens it sent to the Philippine Genome Center for testing for possible COVID-19 variants, she said.*