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Six individuals are now added to the list of Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) in the Province of Palawan as confirmed by the Department of Health (DOH) regional office.
According to the daily COVID-19 tracker of the DOH-CHD Mimaropa, added from the recent three PUIs are the three PUIs from Puerto Princesa City (PPC) hospitals and the other three from Culion Sanitarium and General Hospital (CSGH).
Two of the three from CSGH are municipal councilors of Coron who attended the national convention of the Philippine Councilor’s League (PCL) held in Metro Manila few days ago.
The said patients are the 50-year-old Australian male patient who had a travel history in UAE – Thailand and now admitted in Palawan Medical Mission Group Multi-purpose Cooperative, a 48-year-old Filipino male who had a history of travel to Singapore and admitted at the Ospital ng Palawan (ONP), a 26-year-old Australian also admitted at ONP, the 22-year-old Filipino female, and the 45- and 42-year-old Filipino male patients who are both municipal councilors of the Municipality of Coron. The three patients from Calamian Islands had no history of travel to China or any other foreign country.
“For discharge pa lang po ‘yung PUI na nag-negative sa COVID-19 [recently]; ongoing pa ang treatment ng [nasabing] patient. Kinukumpleto pa ‘yung dose ng antibiotics [na dapat maibigay sa kanya],” DOH-CHD Mimaropa Health Education and Promotion Officer Romalyn Racho said when asked by the media about the status of the recently cleared woman.
She also added that specimens from the new PUIs have been successfully transported to Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) this date.
“The five specimens were delivered po this afternoon to RITM and another one will be sent this evening po,” she further said. “We can expect results within 24 to 48 hours upon arrival of specimen to RITM.”
Meanwhile, in a separate interview with Coron Municipal Health Officer (MHO) Dr. Allan Guintapan, he said that the Sangguniang Bayan members of their town were sent yesterday for they did fall to the guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO), such as exposure to COVID-19 patient and showing flu-like symptoms.
“Dalawa po silang councilors ng Coron, Palawan na kung saan ay umattend po sila ng Philippine Councilor’s League sa Manila and during that activity, mayroon pong nag-positive na isang PCL member na [galing]…somewhere in Negros—na-admit siya sa ospital doon and then since positive sa COVID-19 ang councilor na ‘yun, ‘yong [mga] nakasalamuha niya ay [makukunsiderang] exposed na rin sila [sa banta ng nasabing sakit],” Dr. Guintapan said.
He said that the pharyngeal swabs from CSGH PUIs were taken in the morning and sent to RITM for testing on the presence of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The municipal health officer likewise said that they already advised the families of the councilors to take precautionary measures because of their exposure to the patients.
He added that they also told them to heed the advice of the DOH like the frequent hand washing and to limit their movement in their barangay and to stay at home. The home-quarantine individuals will be regularly monitored by the barangay health emergency response team (BHERT) within the prescribed period.
“COVID-19 free pa rin ang Coron, wala pa ring confirmed case [dito],” Dr. Guintapan assures the people and tourists of Coron.