TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, March 27 (PIA) - - Department of Health (DOH) region 2 has confirmed additional six cases of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) today, totaling to 11 confirmed cases in Cagayan Valley region.
Dr. Leticia T. Cabrera, officer-in-charge Director III, said there are three patients who belong to one family from Alicia town of Isabela province with travel history in Manila on March 15.
She said PH837 is a 52-year-old female who experienced symptoms like cough, runny nose & soar throat. She has highblood pressure and diabetes mellitus.
PH838, who is a 25-year-old female and pregnant, together with her husband PH840, 27-year-old, were tested positive of the virus but are asymptomatic.
"All of them went to the Cagayan Valley Medical Center last March 19 where they were subjected to swab test. The result turned positive per Research Institute for Tropical Medicine," Cabrera said.
She also revealed that there were three additional positive cases in Tuguegarao City to include two nurses who do not have travel history but have exposure to the first confirmed case, PH275.
PH839 is a 31-year-old female nurse who experienced colds while PH841, a 30-year-old female nurse too, also experienced dry cough.
Dr. Glenn Mathew Baggao, chief of the Cagayan Valley Medical Center (CVMC), said the two nurses were among the first health care workers who attended PH275 at the CVMC.
"They were tested last March 23 and the result came yesterday. We are saddened that we already have health service providers who were infected with the virus. We hope and pray that they will easily recover and there will be no more additional cases," Baggao said.
He also said they strictly implement precautionary measures to ensure that there will be no medical frontliner will get infected.
He also designated area within the hospital for all health service providers for quarantine purposes and to provide shelter for those who are affected by the community quarantine.
On the other hand, PH893, a 73-year-old female who is also exposed with PH275 turned postive. She is asymptomatic but she was already fetched by CVMC ambulance for close monitoring at the hospital.
'There is already a local transmission'
Dr. Baggao said there is already a local transmission of COVID-19 since patients PH839, PH841 and PH893 have no travel history but with exposure to the region's first confirmed case who is PH275.
Dr. Cabrera said of fhe 11 confirmed cases, eight are being taken care of at the CVMC, one at the Southern Isabela Medical Center, one on strict home isolation and one mortality. The six new cases were in addition to PH275, PH661, PH662, PH774 & PH801.
Jan Nicanor Tugadi, epidemiologist, said they are now conducting surveillance and contact tracing of the primary and secondary individuals who may have in contact with the six new cases. (MDCT/OTB/PIA 2-Cagayan)