DOH Caraga contacts most co-passengers of region’s 1st COVID-19 patient

Llacuna: No local transmission of the coronavirus in the Caraga yet. PHOTO/PIA-CARAGA

Most of the co-passengers of the 68-year-old man who became the first confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) patient in Caraga on a Cebu Pacific flight, who have already been contacted by the Department of Health (DOH) and are not experiencing flu-like symptoms.

Dr. Jose Llacuna Jr., director of the Department of Health in Caraga (DOH-13), said the agency’s epidemiology and surveillance unit has already contacted a total of 30 out of the 35 passengers of Cebu Pacific Flight 5J 793 from Manila to Butuan on March 12, 2020 which carried the man from Butuan City who tested positive for the disease on Monday.

“We’re able to secure the information that they have completed the home quarantine with negative signs and symptoms referable to the respiratory tract such as  fever, cough, sore throat and colds,” Llacuna said in a virtual press briefing on April 8.

Llacuna also said the patient’s family members have been placed under quarantine and were subjected to the COVID-19 test.

Although the 68-year-old Butuanon is the first local COVID-19 case, Llacuna reiterated that there is still no local transmission of the coronavirus in the Caraga yet.

The patient is in stable condition and is currently in isolation at the Caraga Regional Hospital in Surigao City, he added. CLC

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