BUTUAN CITY, May 24 -- The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga confirms today (May 24) the fifth case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the region following receipt of results from the Southern Philippines Medical Center. A total of 47 lab results were released where 46 tested negative for the virus leaving one sample positive.
The fifth COVID-19 case is a 65-year-old Filipino male from Agusan del Norte who traveled to Manila late February, currently asymptomatic but recently turned positive in the Rapid Antibody-based Test (RAT) conducted by the local government.
"The patient has been on strict quarantine since his arrival and will continue isolation for close monitoring and further evaluation considering the results now," said DOH Caraga Regional Director Jose R. Llacuna.
Contact tracing is presently being conducted by the local health authorities. Identified close contacts will be subjected for RAT and progress of their condition will be observed.
"There is still a lot that we don't know about this virus. For this reason, we urge everyone to never stop practicing our health reminders against this time of pandemic crisis," Dr. Llacuna said.
"We also request high risk individuals like the elderlies, children, pregnant women and those with underlying medical conditions to double your efforts in protecting your selves and immediately consult health professionals if you don't feel well," he added. (DOH Caraga/PIA Caraga)