The first positive case of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in Iloilo Province was confirmed Saturday, 22 March 2020 by the Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) in Western Visayas.
DOH-CHD Director, Dr. Marlyn Convocar, said that the 65-year-old male patient from Guimbal town is admitted at a hospital in Iloilo City and in unstable condition.
The patient is believed to have contacted the virus from relatives with travel history in Japan.
On March 6, the patient manifested symptoms like cough and fever. On March 13, he was admitted to the hospital.
On the day he was admitted, a specimen was collected from the patient and sent for testing on the same day.
“The official result was received this morning (on Saturday),” she said.
Dr. Convocar said that all persons who had close contact with the patient and manifest no symptoms are considered persons under monitoring (PUMs). If they have signs and symptoms, they’ll be considered patients under investigation (PUIs).
A lockdown cannot yet be declared in the village where the patient resides as they had not met the criteria of having two persons positive for the disease, she said.
The head of DOH CHD 6’s Infectious Disease Section, Dr. Mary Jane Juanico, appealed to the public to be truthful in their health declaration during the consultation. She encouraged to disclose travel history and persons they had close contact.
The DOH cannot disclose the hospital where the patient was admitted, but Juanico assured that the healthcare workers are wearing personal protective equipment.
The patient in Iloilo was the second Covid-19 positive case in Western Visayas. The first one was a 56-year-old male resident of Bacolod City with travel history to London. The patient is in stable condition.
“Taxis and tricycles will no longer be allowed to operate beyond the 8 p.m. curfew,” Iloilo City Mayor Trenas announced.
Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. also reiterated his appeal to Ilonggos to practice self-restraint, have patience and be still to avoid the further spread of the disease. (PNA)
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