The SM Store issued a statement Friday denying social media speculations about SM Store Puerto Princesa employees testing positive for COVID-19.

In a short statement published in its Facebook page, the SM store said it had “conducted voluntary COVID-19 antibody rapid testing for all employees and agency frontliners in a venue outside our store premises.”

The statement was issued apparently in response to speculations on social media on the results of the tests.

“Contrary to the information circulating online, The SM Store Puerto Princesa has not received any reports from the DOH nor the LGU on any positive cases for COVID-19 related to the above mentioned personnel as of this time,” the statement said.

“We encourage everyone not to engage with any information being circulated from other sources,” the statement added.

The statement did not cite when the rapid tests on all of the store’s employees were conducted and what had been the results.

The Department of Health has repeatedly clarified that rapid tests are not conclusive indicators of coronavirus infection, and that only confirmatory testing by an RT-PCR laboratory can determine COVID-19 positive cases.