Surigao woman, who died in Butuan hospital, negative for COVID-19

The 38-year-old woman, who died in Butuan City on Wednesday, tested negative for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Department of Health-13 Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU) reported.

Dr. Gerna  Manatad, chief of the DOH-RESU, said the woman from Tandag City in Surigao del Sur tested negative for COVID-19 two days after her death last April 15.

Manatad said the deceased patient was first confined at the Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center based in Tandag for seizure. 

But she was transferred to the Butuan Doctors Hospital on April 13 for further evaluation and testing.

The patient, called “CA SC4,” later suffered shortness of breath and fever. She died while undergoing treatment. The patient had a throat swab sample taken on the same day.

“There was a rapid deterioration of the patient’s condition primarily in her pulmonary functions. The pulmonologist started to consider the case as COVID suspect,” Manatad said in a virtual press briefing on April 17.

The woman was the first COVID-19 suspect who died in the city.

She was buried following strict protocols of the DOH while waiting for the result of his COVID-19 test.

Based on the region’s COVID-19 tracker as of 10 p.m. Friday, Caraga has nine suspected COVID-19 carriers under watch, seven of whom remains confined at different hospitals in the region. CLC

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