All 12 individuals from the municipality of Banaybanay and San Isidro who tested positive for COVID-19 last May 29 HAVE NOW RECOVERED AND DECLARED CLEARED FROM THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE.
This was confirmed by the Provincial Task Force on COVID-19 after receiving earlier today the official report from the Southern Philippines Medical Center subnational testing laboratory and the Department of Health XI.
Action Officer of the PTF on COVID-19 Dr. Reden Bersaldo said that these patients, consisting of 8 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) from San Isidro and Banaybanay towns and 4 individuals with a travel history in Maguindano who are also residents of Banaybanay were re-swabbed on May 30 as per protocol of the province to re-swab all returning residents regardless if they already secured RT-PCR negative results from Manila or from their area of origin.
With their negative results, these 12 patients are set to be discharged from the Community Quarantine Centers of their respective LGUs and will continue their 14-day quarantine at home. After 14 days, these individuals will again be subjected to a swab test to ensure that they have already fully recovered.
Aside from these 12 individuals, all of their direct and close contacts, including the driver and the health workers who looked after them, have turned out negative in their RT-PCR swab test.
Dr. Bersaldo said this means that there is no local transmission and that the virus is contained.
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While the 12 patients are now cleared from the virus, the province of Davao Oriental currently registers 2 new positive cases.
These two positive cases include a 36-year-old Overseas Filipino Worker from the municipality of Caraga who arrived in the province on May 29 and a 54-year-old Locally Stranded Individual from the City of Mati who arrived in the province from the Province of Tarlac on May 31.
Both patients are currently asymptomatic and in stable condition. They are under strict isolation at their respective LGU’s Quarantine Center for treatment and are set for re-swabbing. Moreover, the City and Municipal Health Offices of both LGUs have already done contact-tracing.
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On the other hand, all the direct and indirect contacts of the doctor from the Davao Oriental Provincial Medical Center who tested positive for COVID-19, have all been isolated and swabbed.
Dr. Bersaldo said that a total of 177 individuals (first and second line of contacts) have already been tested and are currently awaiting results which is expected to arrive within 2-3 days.
Governor Nelson Dayanghirang congratulated the different teams of the province and its LGUs for ensuring that the coronavirus is contained.
He called on to all Davao Oriental residents to continue seriously observing the minimum health standard such as physical distancing, wearing of facemasks, handwashing, and staying at home and avoid going out as much as possible. He also appealed to the public to refrain from discriminating frontliners, COVID suspects and positive patients.
Moreover, he urged everyone to continue to pray for healing and for the end of the coronavirus pandemic. By PIO-kld