9 Caraga residents monitored for COVID-19 test negative for infection

Locals stand apart as social distancing measures while queueing outside a supermarket in Butuan on March 25, as the community quarantine is imposed in the city to curb the spread of the coronavirus. PHOTO/ Airah Two Rock Cashem

The Caraga region continued to have a clean slate as far as confirmed COVID-19 cases are concerned after nine patients under investigation (PUIs) have tested negative for the viral infection, according to a top health official.

Dr. Jose Llacuna Jr., the Department of Health (DOH) regional director, said on Thursday (March 26) that nine patients—six quarantined at the state-run Caraga Regional Hospital in Surigao City and three admitted at the Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center in Surigao City, were cleared by the Regional Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM)’s  tests results .

He said the laboratory tests results arrived Thursday and showed negative for COVID-19.

The nine patients are to be discharged after testing negative for the virus .

“As of now, Caraga still COVID-19 negative,” Llacuna said.

“We are all in this together. May it be big or small, we can contribute in halting the spread of this disease. I encourage everyone to continue to wash your hands, practice cough etiquette and physical distancing,”the health official added.

The Department of Health’s Epidemiology, Surveillance and Disaster Response Unit reported a total of 35 PUI in Caraga as of March 26.

Local government units in the region have listed 4,549 persons under monitoring(PUMs), or those showing no symptoms but had traveled to infected places or had contact with infected persons, still being watched. CLC

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