A 34-year-old engineer, identified as a locally stranded individual (LSI) from Barangay Barra in Opol town, Misamis Oriental died at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) hours after his arrival at the Laguindingan Airport, the local COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force announced Monday.
The Municipal Inter-Agency Task Force, in a statement, said that the LSI repatriated from Manila — the first confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 case in the said town — died upon arrival in hospital after exhibiting symptoms of the viral respiratory illness.
“It is sad to inform you that one of our LSI, a 34-year-old from Zone 1 in Barangay Barra is our first confirmed case in Opol the statement read.
The LSI, an engineer of a telecommunications company, was said to have been stranded for five months in Tabang, Bulacan and arrived via plane at about 1:41 p.m. last 11 July at the Laguindingan Airport and was immediately brought to the Opol Isolation facility for quarantine and Rapid Detection test which turned out negative.
However, during another COVID-19 assessment, he was noted to be weak and complained of chest pains. The victim likewise disclosed of being diagnosed with a heart ailment since 2018 was taking maintenance medication in the last five months.
The victim collapsed while retrieving his medicines from his bag and lost consciousness after having seizures.
He was rushed to the NMMC, the COVID-19 facility for Northern Mindanao, where he expired several hours later.
An RT-PCR swab test conducted on his remains came out positive and the LGU has taken precautionary measures to avert the virus transmission in the said locality.
“We hope everyone stay safe as this time as we continue to observe minimum health protocols required us by the national and local government,” the statement said.