CARAGA REGION HAS REPORTED A TOTAL OF 3 CASES OF COVID-19 AS OF APRIL
BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Health Caraga confirmed 3 cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the region within the month of April, two with no travel history, and were just exposed to people who attended an event in Davao.
On April 6, Monday, DOH reported the 68-year-old, male, Filipino patient from Butuan City, who has pre-existing Diabetes with Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease, as the first confirmed case infected with the virus in the region. The patient with travel history from Manila was admitted at Caraga Regional Hospital and was tagged as PUM or Person under Monitoring upon his arrival in Butuan City last March 12.
Fortunately, on April 17, DOH received the result of the second follow-up test of the said patient that came out Negative. He was discharged from the hospital the next day, April 18, following the recommendation of the attending physician.
However, on April 17, the DOH-13 Director Jose Llacuna, announced the second positive case of COVID-19 in the region, after the follow-up test of a 65-year-old, male, Filipino from Butuan City, tagged as CA PUI 51 revealed to be Positive.
The 65-year-old patient who is also admitted to Caraga Regional Hospital has no pre-existing medical condition and no history of travel, though he had close contact with a relative who went to Davao for the Araw ng Dabaw six-cock derby in New Davao Matina Gallera last month. Currently, DOH has been doing contact tracing of the patient’s close contacts.
On April 22, Wednesday, DOH Caraga confirmed a 10-year-old, female, Filipino from Butuan City, as the third case of the disease in the region, after one sample of the RT-CPR Confirmatory Tests results from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) tested Positive for COVID-19.
Similar to the second confirmed case, the 10-year-old patient has no travel history but her father has close contact with an individual who participated in the same aforementioned event in Davao last March. Her father tested negative for the disease.
Meanwhile, the LGU Butuan has yet to decide whether to downgrade the Enhanced Community Quarantine to General Community Quarantine effective May 1, 2020.