Caraga still free of COVID-19, but number of PUIs, PUMs rises

Caraga Region remains free from COVID-19, although it has 28 patients under investigation (PUIs) and 4,509 persons under monitoring (PUMs). PHOTO/ Loreto Fire Station Dinagat Islands

The Department of Health (DOH) in Caraga has recorded a spike in the number of patients under investigation (PUIs) and persons under monitoring (PUMs) for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the region.

The health agency, however, assured the public that the region remains free of the respiratory disease.

As of 10 p.m. Friday, the DOH-13 recorded 28 PUIs, an increase from Thursday’s record of 13.

A report showed that 10 individuals classified as PUIs, or persons who had a travel history abroad or in places with confirmed COVID-19 cases and showing signs of COVID-19 were under isolation in two hospitals in Caraga, while 18 are under home quarantine.

The regional DOH office was still awaiting results of lab tests from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.

The DOH-13 also reported a spike in their record of PUMs spread out in the five provinces and six cities in Caraga region for possibly being carriers of the novel coronavirus.

As of Friday, the DOH-13 recorded a total of 4,930 PUMs since the virus broke out in the country early January which on Thursday was only 3,873.

But at least 421 have completed the mandatory 14-day quarantined period and remained healthy.

The remaining 4,509 were still under home quarantine and close observation. CLC

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