Looking to get tested for COVID-19?

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As the coronavirus continues to spread in communities in the Philippines, you might be asking: when is the best time to get tested? Generally, the best time to get tested is when you have had close contact with a confirmed case whether or not you have symptoms.

 

What are the types of COVID-19 tests?

According to kidshealth.org, the two main types of tests for coronavirus look for either a current infection or a past infection.

 

Tests for Current Infection

To check if someone is infected with coronavirus, health care providers look for pieces of the virus in a sample of saliva (spit) or mucus. These tests can tell if the person is infected on the day of the test.

 

Health care providers can:

  • Use a long swab (like a Q-tip) to take a sample from inside the nose (at the start of the nostrils, the middle of the nose, or the very back of the nose), the throat, the inside of the cheeks, or along the gums or tongue.
  • Give the person a container to spit or cough into.

 

Tests for Past Infection

To see if someone had coronavirus in the past, health care providers look for antibodies, which the body makes after an infection. It can tell if someone had an infection in the past, at least 2–3 weeks before the test. That’s how long it takes the body to make antibodies after infection. It can’t tell if the person is infected at the time of the test, which is why this test isn’t used to diagnose COVID-19.


 

Where to get tested for COVID-19?

As of April 5, tests for the coronavirus are conducted on the following 168 facilities in the country:

 

Metro Manila

  1. Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), Muntinlupa City
  2. A Star Laboratories (formerly Z Diagnostics)
  3. AL Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, Makati City
  4. Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center, Marikina City
  5. Army General Hospital Molecular Laboratory, Taguig City
  6. Asian Hospital and Medical Center, Muntinlupa City
  7. BioPath Clinical Diagnostic Inc, Makati City
  8. BioPath Clinical Diagnostic Inc (E Rodriguez), Quezon City
  9. Cardinal Santos Medical Center, San Juan City
  10. Caloocan City North Medical Center
  11. Chinese General Hospital, Manila
  12. De Los Santos Medical Center, Quezon City
  13. Detoxicare Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, Mandaluyong City
  14. Dr Jose B Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium, Caloocan City
  15. East Avenue Medical Center, Quezon City
  16. El Roi Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, Manila
  17. Ermita Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, Manila
  18. Fe del Mundo Medical Center, Quezon City
  19. First Aide Diagnostic Center, Manila
  20. Health Delivery Systems, Mandaluyong City
  21. Health Metrics, Makati City
  22. Healthway Medical, Mandaluyong City
  23. Hero Laboratories, Quezon City
  24. Hi-Precision Diagnostics, Quezon City
  25. Interpharma Solutions Philippines (formerly Zuellig Pharma Solutions), Taguig City
  26. Intramuros Molecular Laboratory, Manila
  27. JT Cenica Medical Health System, Pasay City
  28. Kairos Diagnostic Laboratory, Quezon City
  29. Kaiser Medical Center Inc, Makati City
  30. Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center
  31. Lifecore Biointegrative Inc, Taguig City
  32. Lung Center of the Philippines, Quezon City
  33. Makati Medical Center
  34. Manila Diagnostic Center for OFW
  35. Manila Doctors Hospital
  36. Manila Healthtek Inc, Marikina City
  37. Marikina Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory
  38. National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Quezon City
  39. New World Diagnostics Inc Premium Medical Branch, Pasig City
  40. Olayn Medical Laboratory, Manila
  41. Ospital ng Muntinlupa
  42. Pasig City Children’s Hospital – Child’s Hope
  43. PCR MED Molecular Laboratory
  44. Philippine Airport Diagnostic Laboratory
  45. Philippine Children’s Medical Center, Quezon City
  46. Philippine Genome Center, Quezon City
  47. Philippine Red Cross – National Blood Center, Mandaluyong City
  48. Philippine Red Cross – Logistics and Multi-purpose Center, Mandaluyong City
  49. Philippine Red Cross – Port Area, Manila
  50. PNP Crime Laboratory, Quezon City
  51. PNP General Hospital, Quezon City
  52. QR Medical Laboratories Inc (VitaCare), Taguig City
  53. Quezon City Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory
  54. Safeguard DNA Diagnostics, Mandaluyong City
  55. San Lazaro Hospital, Manila
  56. San Miguel Foundation Testing Laboratory, Mandaluyong City
  57. Singapore Diagnostics, Makati City
  58. South Super Hi-Way Molecular Diagnostic Lab, Parañaque City
  59. St Luke’s Medical Center, Quezon City
  60. St Luke’s Medical Center, Taguig City
  61. Sta Ana Hospital, Manila
  62. Supercare Medical Services Inc, Manila
  63. Taguig City Molecular Laboratory
  64. The Lord’s Grace Medical and Industrial Clinic, Pasay City
  65. The Medical City, Pasig City
  66. The Premier Molecular Diagnostics, Parañaque City
  67. Tropical Disease Foundation, Makati City
  68. University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, Las Piñas City
  69. University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Quezon City
  70. University of the Philippines (UP) National Institutes of Health, Manila
  71. UP Philippine General Hospital – Medical Research Laboratory, Manila
  72. Valenzuela Hope Molecular Laboratory
  73. Veterans Memorial Medical Center, Quezon City
  74. Victoriano Luna Medical Center (AFRIMS Collaborative Molecular Laboratory), Quezon City

 

CAR

  1. Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, Baguio City
  2. Luis Hora Memorial Regional Hospital, Bauko, Mountain Province
  3. Parkway Medical and Diagnostic Center, Baguio City

 

Ilocos Region

  1. Dagupan Doctors Villaflor Memorial Hospital, Pangasinan
  2. Ilocos Training Regional Medical Center, San Fernando City, La Union
  3. Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital, Batac City, Ilocos Norte
  4. Pangasinan Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory
  5. Region 1 Medical Center, Dagupan City, Pangasinan

 

Cagayan Valley

  1. Cagayan Valley Medical Center Molecular Laboratory, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
  2. Philippine Red Cross Isabela Molecular Laboratory, Ilagan City
  3. San Antonio City of Ilagan Hospital, Isabela
  4. Southern Isabela Medical Center, Santiago City

 

Central Luzon

  1. Bataan General Hospital, Balanga City, Bataan
  2. Bulacan Medical Center, Malolos City, Bulacan
  3. Graman Medical & Maternity Hospital Inc Molecular Laboratory, Malolos City, Bulacan
  4. Green City Medical Center, San Fernando City, Pampanga
  5. Jose B Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital, San Fernando City, Pampanga
  6. Marilao Medical and Diagnostic Clinic, Bulacan
  7. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Medical Center Molecular Laboratory, San Fernando City, Pampanga
  8. Philippine Red Cross – Logistics and Training Center, Subic, Zambales
  9. Philippine Red Cross Clark Molecular Laboratory, Pampanga
  10. Qualimed Hospital – San Jose del Monte, Bulacan
  11. Tarlac Provincial Hospital Molecular Laboratory

 

Calabarzon

  1. Batangas Medical Center, Batangas City
  2. Calamba Medical Center, Laguna
  3. Daniel O. Mercado Medical Center, Tanauan City, Batangas
  4. De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute, Dasmariñas City, Cavite
  5. Fatima University Medical Center – Antipolo City
  6. GentriMed Molecular Laboratory, General Trias City, Cavite
  7. Laguna Holy Family Hospital, Santa Cruz
  8. Laguna Provincial Hospital – San Pablo District Hospital
  9. Lucena United Doctors Hospital and Medical Center, Quezon
  10. Mary Mediatrix Medical Center, Lipa City, Batangas
  11. Ospital ng Imus, Cavite
  12. Philippine Red Cross – Batangas Chapter Molecular Laboratory
  13. Qualimed Hospital Sta. Rosa, Laguna
  14. San Pablo College Medical Center, Laguna
  15. Stark Molecular Laboratory Inc, Kawit, Cavite
  16. UP Los Baños COVID-19 Molecular Laboratory, Laguna

 

Bicol Region

  1. Bicol Regional Diagnostics and Reference Laboratory, Legazpi City, Albay
  2. Metro Health Specialist Hospital, Sorsogon City, Sorsogon

 

Western Visayas

  1. Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital, Bacolod City
  2. Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, Bacolod City
  3. Dr Pablo O Torre Memorial Hospital, Bacolod City
  4. Dr Rafael S Tumbokon Memorial Hospital, Kalibo, Aklan
  5. Iloilo Provincial Hospital, Pototan, Iloilo
  6. Metro Iloilo Hospital and Medical Center, Iloilo City
  7. Philippine Red Cross – Negros Occidental Molecular Laboratory, Bacolod City
  8. Philippine Red Cross – Passi City Molecular Laboratory, Iloilo
  9. Qualimed Health Network – Iloilo, Iloilo City
  10. Roxas City Diagnostic and Laboratory Center, Capiz
  11. Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital Molecular Laboratory, Capiz
  12. Teresita Jalandoni Provincial Hospital, Silay City, Negros Occidental
  13. The Doctors Hospital Inc, Bacolod City
  14. Uswag Iloilo Molecular Laboratory, Iloilo City
  15. Western Visayas Medical Center, Iloilo City
  16. Western Visayas State University Medical Center, Iloilo City

 

Central Visayas

  1. Allegiant Regional Care Hospital, Lapu-Lapu City
  2. Biopath Clinical Diagnostics – AFRIMS, Cebu City
  3. Bohol Containerized PCR Laboratory
  4. Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital, Cebu City
  5. Cebu TB Reference Laboratory
  6. Chong Hua Hospital, Cebu City
  7. Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Medical Center, Tagbilaran City, Bohol
  8. Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital, Dumaguete City
  9. Perpetual Succour Hospital of Cebu, Cebu City
  10. Philippine Red Cross – Cebu Chapter, Cebu City
  11. Prime Care Alpha COVID-19 Testing Laboratory, Lapu-Lapu City
  12. University of Cebu Medical Center, Mandaue City
  13. Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, Cebu City

 

Eastern Visayas

  1. Divine Word Hospital, Tacloban City, Leyte
  2. Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center, Tacloban City, Leyte
  3. OSPA – Farmers’ Medical Center, Ormoc City, Leyte

 

Zamboanga Peninsula

  1. Ciudad Medical Zamboanga, Zamboanga City
  2. Philippine Red Cross – Molecular Biology Laboratory, Zamboanga City
  3. Zamboanga City Medical Center – DA Satellite Lab
  4. Zamboanga del Sur Medical Center PCR Laboratory, Pagadian City

 

Northern Mindanao

  1. Lanao del Norte COVID-19 Testing Laboratory, Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte
  2. Maria Reyna Xavier University Hospital, Cagayan de Oro City
  3. Northern Mindanao TB Regional Center, Cagayan de Oro City
  4. Philippine Red Cross – Cagayan de Oro Chapter
  5. Polymedic Medical Plaza, Cagayan de Oro City

 

Davao Region

  1. Davao International Airport Laboratory, Davao City
  2. Davao One World Diagnostic Center, Davao City
  3. Davao Regional Medical Center, Tagum City, Davao del Norte
  4. PRO 11 RT-PCR Molecular Laboratory, Davao City
  5. Southern Philippines Medical Center, Davao City
  6. Southern Philippines Medical Center – Pop-up, Davao City

 

Soccsksargen

  1. Cotabato Regional Medical Center, Cotabato City
  2. Dr Jorge P Royeca Hospital, General Santos City, South Cotabato

 

Caraga

  1. Butuan Medical Center, Agusan del Norte
  2. Democrito O Plaza Memorial Hospital, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur
  3. Philippine Red Cross Molecular Laboratory, Surigao del Norte

 

BARMM

  1. Amai Pakpak Medical Center, Marawi City, Lanao del Sur

 

(The BioPath Clinical Diagnostics-Cebu had been on the list before, but was not listed by DOH in its situation report citing January 9 data.)

 

The Department of Health (DOH) also reported 50 facilities that have been accredited to conduct RT-PCR tests using GeneXpert:

 

Metro Manila

  1. Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center, Marikina City
  2. Amosup Seamen’s Hospital, Manila
  3. BioPath Clinical Diagnostic Inc, Makati City
  4. BioPath Clinical Diagnostic Inc (E. Rodriguez), Quezon City
  5. Dr Jose B Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium, Caloocan City
  6. IOM Manila Health Center Laboratory, Makati City
  7. Jose R Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Manila
  8. Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center
  9. Lung Center of the Philippines, Quezon City
  10. National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Quezon City
  11. Philippine General Hospital, Manila
  12. Philippine Heart Center, Quezon City
  13. Rizal Medical Center, Pasig City
  14. St Luke’s Medical Center, Quezon City
  15. St Luke’s Medical Center (HB), Taguig City
  16. Sta Ana Hospital – Closed System Molecular Laboratory, Manila
  17. Tondo Medical Center, Manila
  18. Victoriano Luna Medical Center (AFRIMS), Quezon City

 

Ilocos Region

  1. Ilocos Training Regional Medical Center, San Fernando City, La Union
  2. Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital, Batac City, Ilocos Norte
  3. Region 1 Medical Center, Dagupan City, Pangasinan

 

Cagayan Valley

  1. CHD TB Reference Laboratory, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan

 

Central Luzon

  1. Bataan General Hospital, Balanga City
  2. Bulacan Medical Center, Malolos City
  3. Central Luzon Doctors’ Hospital, Tarlac City, Tarlac
  4. President Ramon Magsaysay Provincial Hospital, Iba, Zambales
  5. Tarlac Provincial Hospital

 

Calabarzon

  1. Batangas Medical Center, Batangas City
  2. Rakkk Prophet Medical Center Inc, Gumaca, Quezon
  3. Santa Rosa City Health Office, Laguna

 

Mimaropa

  1. Culion Sanitarium and General Hospital, Palawan
  2. Occidental Mindoro Provincial Hospital, Mamburao
  3. Oriental Mindoro Provincial Hospital, Calapan City
  4. Ospital ng Palawan, Puerto Princesa City
  5. Puerto Galera Molecular Laboratory, Oriental Mindoro

 

Bicol Region

  1. Bicol Medical Center, Naga City, Camarines Sur

 

Central Visayas

  1. Biopath Clinical Diagnostics – AFRIMS, Cebu City
  2. Cebu TB Reference Laboratory

 

Zamboanga Peninsula

  1. West Metro Medical Center, Zamboanga City
  2. Zamboanga City Medical Center

 

Northern Mindanao

  1. Northern Mindanao Medical Center, Cagayan de Oro City

 

Davao Region

  1. Davao Doctors Hospital, Davao City
  2. Davao Regional Medical Center, Tagum City, Davao del Norte

 

Soccsksargen

  1. Dr Arturo P. Pingoy Medical Center, Koronadal City, South Cotabato
  2. St Elizabeth Hospital, General Santos City

 

Soccsksargen/BARMM

  1. Amai Pakpak Medical Center, Marawi City, Lanao del Sur
  2. Cotabato Regional Medical Center, Cotabato City

 

Caraga

  1. Butuan Medical Center, Butuan City, Agusan del Norte
  2. Caraga Regional Hospital, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte
  3. Manuel J Santos Hospital, Butuan City, Agusan del Norte

 

Source: Rappler


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