Butuan City patient recovers; Caraga is now COVID-19 free

Caraga health director Jose Llacuna Jr. reminded residents to maintain quarantine rules to make sure no more transmissions occur following recovery of the region’s only remaining infected patient. PHOTO/Loreto Fire Station Dinagat

Caraga Region is technically free of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), after its only remaining infected patient recovered from the virus, the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga regional office reported.

Dr.Jose Llacuna Jr., the DOH regional director, said on Wednesday that Caraga’s second coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patient who lives in Butuan City tested negative in his fifth polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

“We are pleased by this development. The patient may be discharged upon the assessment and discretion of the attending physician and the rest of the healthcare team,” Llacuna said in a statement.

The 65-year-old man, who is confined at the Caraga Regional Hospital in Surigao City, was the last patient to have recovered among three patients in the region who tested positive for COVID-19. Two patients who have healed were from Butuan.

This means that Caraga Region is free of COVID-19.

But Llacuna said Caraganons need to maintain quarantine rules to make sure no more transmissions occur.

“We remind everyone to consistently practice physical distancing or better stay at home. Our fight against COVID-19 is far from over. Follow the health advisories. Let us not disrupt what we have started,” the region’s health chief said.

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