169 fisherfolks with their families from Mindoro were already sent home after being cleared by quarantine facility doctors, said the incident commander of Puerto Princesa Task Force for COVID-19.
Dr. Dean Palanca, Puerto Princesa Task Force for COVID-19 Incident Commander, told Palawan Daily News (PDN) Thursday this was after these fisherfolks did not manifest any COVID-19 symptoms throughout their 14-day quarantine.
“Nandoon [sila] sa mga bahay, sa tahanan na. Nakahalo na sa barangay nila. Taga-atin lang [sila], taga-atin ‘yan, dito lang sa Puerto. Iyong 169 walang problema sa kanila kasi wala silang mga sintomas,” said Palanca.
“Ibig sabihin ‘yong 169 na ‘yon is walang nakitang mga sintomas [o] ‘yong mga ibang sakit. Ibig sabihin kapag sinabi mo [na cleared] essentially normal at physically-fit sila noong inexamin sila – ‘yong mga 169 na iyon,” Palanca added.
Dr. Palanca said there are 180 fisherfolks — including their families — from Mindoro who completed their 14-day quarantine at the PUM Quarantine Facility in Barangay Irawan on May 19.
However, Palanca said while 169 were cleared, there are 11 who showed symptoms.
He said these 11 individuals were transferred to the city’s PUI Quarantine Facility for further treatment and monitoring.
“Kasi kapag may sintomas ka, tsaka may ubo o may lagnat o kung hindi [ay] mataas ‘yong blood pressure mo, o kung meron ka mang mga sugat-sugat diyan, talagang ite-treat ka outside [PUM Quarantine Facility] para madali ka ring gumaling,” he said.
Palanca further stated that while all the 180 fisherfolks underwent rapid diagnostic test (RDT) last week and resulted negative, 11 manifested symptoms afterwards and were not issued health clearance by quarantine facility doctors.
Palanca added they are still waiting for the result of the RT-PCR test of these 11 persons as of the press time.