The patient quarantined by a hospital in Caraga region for possible coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection has tested negative for the disease, the Department of Health (DOH) in Caraga announced on Wednesday (Feb.19).
Results from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine showed that the tests done on respiratory samples from the person, classified as Caraga’s first patient under investigation (PUI) turned out negative.
“As of Feb. 19, the patient had completed the quarantine and isolation period with no signs of respiratory infection and for hospital discharge,” the DOH said in a statement.
On Monday, Caraga health director Dr. Jose Llacuna Jr. confirmed that they were monitoring the condition of a patient from Surigao del Sur who agreed to be quarantined after reaching out to local health officials.
Llacuna also disclosed that some 38 persons have been placed under monitoring (PUMs) for possible COVID-19 infection.
As of Wednesday, February 19, DOH data showed twenty-six PUMs have already been cleared after completing isolation period, while 12 other PUMs are still under monitoring.
There was still no confirmed Covid-19 case in the region.
Lacuna urged Caraganons to observe preventive measures, including thorough washing of hands and covering the nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing and keeping healthy habits to boost the immune system to save oneself from coronavirus infection.
“We know that COVID-19 has no vaccine or treatment yet, but proper personal hygiene is very important to prevent from getting infected,” Lacuna said.
He advised those with flu-like symptoms to immediately consult health personnel in government hospitals in the region designated as referral centers to admit and examine people suspected of being infected with coronavirus disease.
Llacuna assured the public the health and quarantine personnel were doing everything to prevent the spread of the disease. By CLC