Dr. Michelle Schlosser, spokesperson of the Davao City Covid-19 Task Force. (Screengrab)

DAVAO CITY—As cases surge, the local government called on Dabawenyos anew to avail of the free surveillance swabbing for those manifesting influenza-like symptoms and close contacts of confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) positive patients.

Dr. Michelle Schlosser, spokesperson of the Davao City Covid-19 Task Force, noted Thursday that active Covid-19 cases increased between July 31 and August 6 by about 38 percent, with an average daily positivity rate of 10.67 percent.

Of the 510 active cases, 294 are asymptomatic cases, 199 are mild, 13 are moderate, two are severe, and two are critical, she said.

Dabawenyos must submit themselves to surveillance swabbing if they are experiencing cough, colds, fever, diarrhea, or sore throat to help break the chain of infection, Schlosser said.

She said the Sta. Ana Health Center Covid-19 Cluster Clinic (CCC), Crocodile Park Swabbing Site, and the Talomo River Covid-19 Cluster Clinic (CCC) are currently offering free swab testing for confirmed Covid-19 positive close contacts.

Schlosser also urged confirmed Covid-19 patients and their close contacts to “honestly disclose their symptoms and close contacts.”

“We are appealing to all of you to please do not lie. Be honest with your symptoms, so we can address your concerns, attend to your needs, and serve you through our Covid-19 management,” she said. (PNA)