Dumaguete reports 1 New COVID-19 Case

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DUMAGUETE CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL — Dr. Liland Estacion of the Provincial Health Office announced in a press briefing Thursday that a 39-year-old female from Bagacay, Dumaguete City has tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019. She is now asymptomatic.

Estacion said that as of this time, they are still investigating the exposure history of the said patient. It is yet unclear whether or not this is a local transmission.

Her positive result only came back last night, almost a week after her release from NOPH, Estacion said. Swab samples were again taken from the patient courtesy of the Dumaguete City government, Estacion added.

The patient, her husband, and six-year-old child are now under quarantine in a government facility in the city. The total number of new infections in Negros Oriental since last Sunday is now at 18.

Estacion said that as of this time, they are still investigating the exposure history of the said patient. It is yet unclear whether or not this is a local transmission.

According to Estacion, the case was rushed to the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital after experiencing shortness of breath. She was swabbed there and after being declared asymptomatic, she was discharged and sent to the Dumaguete City government quarantine facility.

The Dumaguete City Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) on Thursday issued a statement on the new COVID-19 case in the city.

According to the City IATF, the 39-year-old female patient is now at the isolation facility in Barangay Bagacay, along with her husband and child. Swab samples have been taken from all of them for testing.

Here’s the statement in full (for those on free data):

STATEMENT of the City’s Inter-Agency Task Force COVID-19 on the reported COVID case in Barangay Bagacay Dumaguete City.

COVID-19 SUSPECT WAS DISCHARGED FROM NOPH

On May 29, 2020, a 39-year-old female resident of Barangay Bagacay was treated for community acquired pneumonia-moderate risk at the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital COVID-19 ward and diagnosed “COVID Unlikely.”

Three days before discharge or on May 26, 2020, she underwent RT-PCR test but the result (COVID positive), was released only late evening of June 3, 2020.

On June 4, 2020, a second RT-PCR swab test was conducted on the woman to make sure that she is COVID-free. The same tests were administered on her husband and her child.

The family is now isolated in a barangay facility.

Contact tracing is now in progress conducted by City Health Officer Ma. Sarah B. Talla in accordance to the protocols. (City IATF)