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Camiguin confirms first virus case

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Photo credit: FB Page —Jurdin Jesus Romualdo

BUTUAN CITY — A 32-year-old woman from Mahinog town, Camiguin is the first confirmed case of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the island province, Gov. Jurdin Jesus Romualdo announced on Saturday.

In a video posted on his Facebook page, Romualdo explained that the patient was found positive for the disease on her third confirmatory test for the virus after the patient, who also has asthma, previously tested negative on two separate occasions.

Romualdo said that the patient was initially classified as a person under monitoring (PUM) after she travelled to Metro Manila for a conference, where some of the lecturers later tested positive for the disease.

The patient arrived in Camiguin on 14 March and experienced mild symptoms of cold and sore throat on 17 March, said the Department of Health (DoH) Center for Health Development–Northern Mindanao in a statement.

Camiguin Provincial Health Officer Dr. Gretchen Cabalang said that the patient was referred for COVID-19 testing due to her health condition and symptoms. Swab samples were taken at the Camiguin General Hospital during her 14-day quarantine and sent to the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City for testing.

The patient was initially discharged from the Camiguin General Hospital on 28 March.

In his video, Romualdo stated that the initial confirmatory testing of the patient’s specimens yielded negative results, while a second lab test also cleared her of the virus.

However, results from a third confirmatory test released Saturday afternoon showed the patient was COVID-19 positive.

DoH Northern Mindanao said that the patient is currently under strict home quarantine and is under monitoring by personnel from the Provincial Health Office and the Rural Health Unit.

Authorities are conducting contact tracing to identify close contacts of the patient, who are automatically considered PUM following the test results.

On 25 March, Camiguin was placed under a preventive community quarantine after Romualdo signed Executive Order 15 in a bid to curb the virus’ spread.

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