What are the testing protocols?

1. For asymptomatic close contacts of probable or confirmed COVID-19 cases, RT-PCR testing shall be done 5 to 7 days from exposure. If limited test kits are available, the following conditions shall be prioritized:

  • Age is >60  years old and/or they have a comorbidity,
  • There are sufficient RT-PCR testing kits
  • Enough  human resources  for additional  contact tracing

2. For mild or moderate suspect or probable COVID-19 cases, RT-PCR test shall be done immediately if RT-PCR test is available in a nationally accredited laboratory. If not and a rapid antigen test is available, rapid antigen test shall be performed.

3. For severe and critical suspect or probable COVID-19 cases, patients must first be stabilized prior to testing. Once stable, RT-PCR test shall be done if RT-PCR test is available in a nationally accredited laboratory. If not and a rapid antigen test is available, rapid antigen test shall be performed.