In the document signed on September 26, Deputy Director of the Department of Health Nguyen Huu Hung also asked the Ministry of Health to allow Ho Chi Minh City to officially announce the number of positive antigen rapid tests as confirmed.
At the height of the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic, Ho Chi Minh City implemented a rapid antigen test to detect positive cases early and put them into care and treatment. From August 20 to now, the city has recorded about 150,000 cases. “However, according to the current guidance of the Ministry of Health, only cases with RT-PCR tests can get codes,” the document of the Department of Health of Ho Chi Minh City stated.
This move was made by the Department of Health of Ho Chi Minh City based on the direction of Deputy Minister Nguyen Truong Son earlier, with the content “positive rapid test results are recorded as F0 for those designated to be isolated. at home”. Accordingly, those who have positive results after a quick test and are eligible for home isolation should immediately distribute medicine bags. In case they have to be sent to concentrated isolation, they will take samples for PCR testing, and the results of low virus concentration (CT ≥ 30) will be sent home for monitoring. People with high virus concentration should stay in the isolation area.
Deploying screening tests on a large scale from August 23 to now, Ho Chi Minh City has carried out 5 sampling sessions for households depending on the risk area. During the large-scale testing from September 22 to September 25, the overall positive rate of at-risk areas in Ho Chi Minh City decreased from 0.4% to 0.2% of the total number of samples taken.
The city will continue its strategy of rapid testing in the area until September 30, focusing on testing at very high-risk and high-risk places to immediately isolate the source of infection and provide timely treatment. This strategy is implemented entirely with a single antigen rapid test. In which, the people in the red and orange areas are tested in their entirety; people in the yellow, green and near-green areas tested representative of the household.
The current guidance of the Department of Health of Ho Chi Minh City, F0 is isolated, monitored at home when RT-PCR test or rapid test is positive. Then, F0 was sampled for home testing (rapid test or PCR) on day 14 to prepare for the end of the isolation period.