By Carina Cayon
DAVAO CITY: The Provincial Health Office of Davao Occidental reported on Tuesday the second confirmed COVID-19 case in the province, involving a 25-year old female who had exposure to Bankerohan Public Market in Davao City which is categorized as high risk area.
The patient, who is asymptomatic, is a returning resident who availed of the Balik Probinsya Program of the province.
Prince Paraiso, PHO-Davao Occidental Health Education and Promotion officer, said that the patient worked as a saleslady in a store in Bankerohan area prior her return to her hometown in the municipality of Malita.
She was first found out to be positive of COVID-19 through the Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) taken upon her arrival in Malita on May 22, 2020, along with other returning residents from Davao City.
On May 26, the RT-PCR test result released by the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) further confirmed that the patient is indeed positive of the disease.
Paraiso assured that the patient was immediately isolated at the established Provincial Quarantine Facility in Malita when the RDT result came out.
He said that those who travelled with her were brought to their respective Barangay Isolation Units, and are currently undergoing a 14-day quarantine as part of the protocols in the province.
“We would like to assure that the patient has no close contact with the other residents in Malita,” Paraiso stated.
He said that authorities and health workers strictly adhere to the provincial General Community Quarantine guidelines, such as the conduct of rapid diagnostic testing particularly on returning residents at the border checkpoints before they will be allowed entry in the province.
Paraiso further assured that the patient is doing well and is being taken cared of at the quarantine facility, with daily food consumption and basic needs provided by the provincial local government.
He bared that the patient will undergo another swab test within this week, while continuing the quarantine at the facility.
He explained that as a protocol, COVID-19 positive patients who are asymptomatic need not be admitted at SPMC. “But if the patient develops symptoms such as cough, fever or difficulty of breathing, then we will immediately refer the patient to SPMC.”
Since the onset of the public health crisis, the provincial and municipal LGUs in Davao Occidental have been strictly imposing their quarantine guidelines to avert the entry of COVID-19 in the province.
The first confirmed case in the province was a 65-year old female resident of Barangay Bolila in Malita, who died on May 4, 2020 at SPMC.
The patient had no travel history, but had comorbidities of hypertension and heart condition, and suffered from stroke.
Upon learning of the incident, Davao Occidental Governor Claude Bautista immediately ordered a lockdown and mass rapid diagnostic testing on 2,800 populace in Brgy. Bolila.
Fortunately, all those with close contact with the patient and villagers tested negative in the rapid testing.
(PIA-XI/Carina L. Cayon/SRNY/RSP)