“Konbag-o ang test kits, they have to do parallel testingto ensure the quality of the test results. Pagkataposang result sang parallel testing gina-submit sa RITM for validation,” said Pulmones. This was the third consecutive day thatWestern Visayas recorded no new COVID-19 cases. The tests were conducted at the WesternVisayas Medical Center (WVMC) in Mandurriao district here. Out of these tested specimens, 1,344 werenegative of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus while 37 were positive.Pulmones said the WVMC testing laboratory recently recalibrated its PolymeraseChain Reaction machines to ensure quality testing. DOH has now transitioned to three new terms:“suspect case”, “probable case” and “confirmed case”. * all SARI (severe acute respiratory infection) cases where noother etiology fully explains the clinical presentation She also said the WVMC testing laboratory isusing new testing kits. The island province of Guimaras remained freefrom COVID-19. COVID-19 cases in Iloilo province remained at15; Bacolod City, seven; Aklan, seven; Iloilo City, five; Capiz, four; Antique,two; and Negros Occidental, one. * a suspect case whom testing for COVID-19 isinconclusive Of these cases, 12 remained in hospitals while14 were on home quarantine. Seven recovered from the illness while seven died. ILOILO City – All the 45 specimens taken fromsuspected and probable cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testednegative for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, announced the Department of Health (DOH)Region 6 yesterday. A “suspect case” is a person who is presentingwith any of the conditions: In COVID-19 Case Bulletin No. 20, DOH-6 statedthat the region’s confirmed COVID-19 cases remained at 40. “Ininga procedure gina-obraregularly sang aton mga laboratoriesto ensure nga quality ang ginapagwa nila nga results. Ikaduha, may gin-recommend nga bag-o nga testing procedure orprotocol ang Research Institute forTropical Medicine (RITM) kon sa diinginsunod ina sang aton subnational reference laboratory,” said Pulmones. To further widen mass testing for COVID-19,DOH on April 13 started adopting new “surveillance definitions” in thereporting of cases that for several weeks it had been calling as persons underinvestigation (PUI), persons under investigation (PUM) and positive cases. A “confirmed case” is “any individual,irrespective of presence or absence of clinical signs and symptoms, who waslaboratory-confirmed for COVID-19 in a test conducted at the national referencelaboratory, a subnational reference laboratory, and/or officially accreditedlaboratory testing facility.” A “probable case” is a suspect case whofulfills anyone of the following: * suspect case for whom testing could not beperformed for any reason * individuals with fever or cough or shortnessof breath or other respiratory signs or symptoms fulfilling any one of thefollowing conditions: aged 60 years and above; with a comorbidity; assessed ashaving a high-risk pregnancy; health worker./PN * suspect who underwent testing for COVID-19but not conducted in a national or subnational reference laboratory orofficially accredited laboratory for COVID-19 confirmatory testing * ILI (influenza-like illness) cases with anyone of the following: with no otheretiology that fully explains the clinical presentation and a history of travelto or residence in an area that reported local transmission of COVID-19 diseaseduring the 14 days prior to symptom onset, or with contact to a confirmed orprobable case of COVID-19 during the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms According to Dr. Ma. Sophia Pulmones, DOH-6spokesperson, the WVMC subnational laboratory hads so far tested or ran a totalof 1,517 specimens since it started operating late last month.