By Roi Lomotan
Negros Oriental has logged four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection and six new recoveries based on the result of swab tests received by the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) over the weekend.
Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion announced this in a press conference this morning at the IATF Media Briefing Area, BOM Office, Perdices Coliseum.
The first new case reported was a 48-year old male resident of Tayasan town but a Locally Stranded Individual (LSI) from Minglanilla, Cebu.
He arrived on July 29 with mild symptoms of COVID-19 and was placed in an isolation facility identified by the Local Government Unit (LGU).
Swab samples were taken from him on Aug. 4. He is now asymptomatic.
The second case is a two-year-old boy in Siaton town who is another LSI from Pasig City in Metro Manila.
Estacion said the family of the child arrived in the province via the 2Go shipping vessel but their arrival was not coordinated with the LGU.
The mother of the child claimed the child had a mild cough so swab samples were taken from the boy.
Swab samples were also taken from the parents of the child and his only brother but it was the two-year-old who tested positive for the virus.
Estacion said the parents and the sibling will have to undergo another round of swab tests.
Currently, the family is staying at the LGU-designated isolation facility, where Estacion said the child is energetic and is now asymptomatic.
Rural health workers are also providing vitamins to the child for added nourishment.
The third new case reported is a 31-year old male resident of Dauin but an LSI from Batasan Hills, Quezon City who arrived in the province on Aug. 1 via 2Go shipping and is now staying at the LGU-designated isolation facility.
The fourth new case of COVID-19 infection is a 36-year old female resident of Sibulan who is an LSI from Nueva Ecija.
She arrived in the province on Aug. 1 via 2Go vessel and now staying at the LGU-designated isolation facility.
The new cases have been tagged as NegOr-Cov-105, NegOr-COV-106, NegOr-Cov-107, and NegOr-Cov-108, respectively.
A total of 125 results came from Cebu City over the weekend, of which 121 are negative.
Part of the negative results are the six Covid-19 recoveries. They are NegOr-Cov-73 (Sibulan), NegOr-Cov-85 (Sibulan), NegOr-Cov-86 (Sibulan), NegOr-Cov-98 (Sta. Catalina), NegOr-Cov-88 (Canlaon City), NegOr-Cov-101 (Bacong).
On the other hand, five direct contacts of NegOr-Cov-94, who is an 82-year old female resident of Brgy. Cadawinonan, Dumaguete City who died on July 26, have tested negative from the virus.
They are also part of the 121 individuals with negative RT PCR test results.
Estacion earlier confirmed that there is already a local transmission in Dumaguete City after the 52-year old female daughter of NegOr-Cov-94 also tested positive for the virus.
In line with this, Estacion said the City Health Office of Dumaguete is expanding its contact tracing to cover all possible individuals who had contact with the two COVID-19 positive individuals in Dumaguete City.
“Up to this moment, wala pa nihunong ang contact tracing (team) sa Dumaguete City. Tomorrow naa napod sila ipa-swab only to get kinsa gyud ang ‘person of interest’ aning panghitabo karon (The contact tracing team in Dumaguete City has not yet concluded their contact tracing. Tomorrow, another set of individuals will be swabbed. They will continue to do this until they find the ‘person of interest’ who caused this),” Estacion told members of the media.
It was noted that the late 82-year old and her daughter did not have any travel history to areas with COVID-19 infection and health authorities are investigating who could be the carrier of the virus.
In line with the confirmed local transmission in Dumaguete City, Estacion reiterated her appeal to the public to practice health protocols to avoid contracting COVID-19.
“Kita tanan safe if mo-follow ta sa health protocols: wearing of masks, physical distancing, manghinaw or mag-alcohol, stay at home especially 20 years old and below ug katong senior citizen kung walay importanteng tuyo (We will all be safe if we follow health protocols which are wearing masks, physical distancing, frequent washing of hands or regular use of alcohol, stay at home if there is no important reason to go outside especially for those who are 20 years old and below and senior citizens),” Estacion stressed.
The assistant provincial health officer explained earlier that the mode of transmission in Dumaguete City is qualified as local transmission since it happened between family members.
It will be called community transmission if the infection has spread out to the community.