GENERAL SANTOS CITY: Five returning locally-stranded individuals (LSI) with travel history from Cebu and Metro Manila tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), bringing the city’s total confirmed cases to 14 as of Tuesday evening.
Despite the new cases, this city still has no local transmission of Covid-19, said Dr. Ryan Aplicador, deputy chief of the city’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Aplicador said all the confirmed Covid-19 cases in the city are all returning LSIs and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
“For now, we have no local transmission and this is the result of the discipline that we’re showing,” he told reporters Wednesday.
Aplicador, who heads the local government-run Dr. Jorge P. Royeca Hospital (DJPRH), said two of the LSIs–both males aged 48 and 31-years-old — returned home from Cebu on July 8.
The three others — all males aged 51, 50 and 31-years-old — arrived in the city from Manila on July 9, he said.
He said they were brought to undisclosed temporary quarantine facilities upon arrival and later subjected to confirmatory Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) testing after manifesting suspected symptoms of the disease.
The official said the patients are all in “stable condition”.
As of Tuesday evening, the Department of Health-Region 12 listed only two recoveries out of the 14 confirmed cases here.
But Aplicador said they discharged two more patients on the same day after coming out negative in their repeat RT-PCR tests, bringing the confirmed Covid-19 recoveries here to four.
He urged residents to continue observing proper health protocols, especially the wearing of protective face masks, hand hygiene, and observance of safe physical distancing.
Aplicador assured that the local government will continue to accept and cater to all returning LSIs and OFWs to keep local communities safe from the spread of Covid-19.