DOH 6 confirms add’l Covid-19 cases in Iloilo, Capiz

DOH 6 confirms add’l Covid-19 cases in Iloilo, Capiz

ILOILO CITY – Iloilo and Capiz provinces each recorded one new positive case for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Health-Center for Health Development in Western Visayas (DOH-CHD 6) confirmed on Thursday.

After three days of no additional confirmed cases, Dr. Ma. Sophia Pulmones, head of the Local Health Support Division of DOH-CHD 6, said in a virtual press conference the new Covid-19 cases in the region bring the total to 42.

“Per the laboratory result we received on April 15, 21 results are out. Of these, two are positive and 19 are negative,” she said.

The new cases include a 63-year-old male from Roxas City, Capiz, who is labeled as Western Visayas’ patient number 41; and a 21-year-old male from Miagao town, Iloilo, labeled as Western Visayas’ patient number 42.

Pulmones said both have contact with previously reported Covid-19 positive patients.

“Our case number 41 is a 63-year-old male from Roxas City. (He is) admitted in a hospital and is a close contact of our case number 20 and case number 33,” she said, adding the patient is in critical condition as he also suffers from co-morbidities or other illness.

The region’s patient number 42, meanwhile, is a close contact of patient number 31. Pulmones said he is asymptomatic and currently observing home quarantine.

The DOH-CHD 6 is not considering a local transmission in Roxas City and Miagao, she said.

“We cannot say that it is local transmission because our data is small so if you will see, this is the close contact of previous cases,” she said, referring to the case listed in Capiz.

The same also applies in Miagao, Iloilo where Pulmones said a local transmission cannot be declared.

“The new case is the same contact of our positive case, who is case number 31. The transmission occurred in the same household,” she said.

Meanwhile, Macario Napulan, municipal mayor of Miagao, lamented that the local government unit was just informed of its new Covid-19 case on Wednesday.

He confirmed that the 21-year-old male is the grandson of a 94-year-old Covid-19-positive patient who succumbed to the disease last April 8.

“Our new positive case took care of his grandfather while he was treated in the hospital,” Napulan told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

The close contacts of the 94-year-old male were swabbed for Covid-19 testing last March 6.

Napulan said the result released by the DOH-CHD 6 should have arrived earlier for the local government unit to immediately implement measures against the spread of the disease.

“We are still waiting six more results for the close contact of the 94-year-old,” he said, adding that he plans to request for another round of testing to all family members of the new Covid-19 case.

The village where the new Covid-19-positive patient resides was already on lockdown.

Napulan said the new patient is now isolated and the local government unit is tracing those he came in contact within the past 14 days.

The DOH-CHD 6, meanwhile, clarified the late result was brought about by some factors including the re-calibration of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine at the Western Visayas Medical Center sub-national laboratory. — Courtesy of Gail Momblan / PNA.GOV.PH

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