Man, 55, becomes Caraga’s first COVID-19 fatality

The DOH in Caraga has reminded residents to always keep safe and adhere to the minimum health standards such as physical distancing and the constant wearing of face masks amid continued rise in COVID-19 cases in the region. PHOTO/LGU La Paz

A 55-year-old male coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) confirmed patient from Butuan died on Wednesday, becoming the city’s first COVID-19 fatality and also the Caraga region’s first death associated with the disease, the Department of Health (DOH) regional office reported.

Dr.Jose. Llacuna, Jr., the DOH regional director, said the man was admitted to an undisclosed private hospital in Butuan, the region’s capital last July 14 after showing symptoms of the virus such as fever, cough, colds, and difficulty in breathing. He later tested positive for COVID-19.

According to Llacuna, the patient died because of “Acute Respiratory Syndrome, Community Acquired Pneumonia High Risk, COVID-19 positive confirmed, Septic Shock.”

The Caraga health chief also said the patient contracted the virus through local transmission as he did not have a record of recent travel outside the city nor had contact with a confirmed, suspected or probable case.

Llacuna expressed grief at the death of a Butuanon resident because of COVID-19.

“We deeply empathize the bereaved family. This pandemic crisis has brought us major changes and has disrupted our lives and relationships. We are one in grief with the family’s loss. We will also prioritize the welfare and immediate quarantine of the close contacts,” Llacuna said in a statement.

As contact tracing continues, he said persons who had direct exposure with the patient were immediately isolated and their respiratory samples taken.

Llacuna also reminded Butuanons and Caraganons to be vigilant and heed health protocol to stop coronavirus transmission.

“Basic acts of infection prevention that must be practiced by everyone,” he added. CLC

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