THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) can now heave a sigh of relief.
PSC employees and several national athletes and coaches have tested negative from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test or swab testing at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) in Manila and the PhilSports Complex in Pasig City.
A total of 112 persons took the test at the RMSC and another 88 persons at the PhilSports Complex in three batches last week.
“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 in a statement.
Fernandez and his wife Karla also underwent the same test upon their arrival to Manila from Cebu City.
Dr. Randolph Molo, Head of PSC Medical Scientific Athletes Services (PSC-MSAS) Unit, also expressed delight with the results of the tests.
“We are proud to say that both PSC complexes, which are under a high-risk area since we have venues housing COVID-19 patients, can be declared COVID-19 free. We conducted the test to give the confidence back to the regular workforce, occupants, athletes, and coaches who frequently go to PhilSports and RMSC.” said Dr. Molo.
“We opted for the RT-PCR/swab test over any form of rapid testing since this test is more reliable and reflective on one's COVID-19 status. As of Wednesday, July 8, we can declare that all of the 200 persons who underwent testing are all clear/negative from the Coronavirus.
This should help restore the confidence and ease the fears of our staff as we continue to keep PSC COVID-19 free,” added Dr. Molo.
As part of security protocols, the PSC will also implement additional security measures by requiring all staff working on-site to submit a Health Declaration Form which was made accessible by QR code or the PSC website.
This is screened by the MSAS unit which will grant them a gate pass via SMS once they get cleared. The PSC hopes this practice will help them keep PSC premises COVID-19 free.
The PSC is also strictly implementing health security protocols advised by the Department of Health and the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) in all of its facilities.