PUI in Palawan dies even before arrival of test on possible COVID infection

Published March 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Aira Genesa C. Magdayao

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – A 37-year old Filipino, who was placed under investigation for possible coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection, reportedly died on Wednesday morning while waiting for his confirmatory test from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.

Provincial Health Office chief Dra. Mary Ann Navarro said that the person had a “pre-existing serious infection” but considered as patient under investigation (PUI) for having travel history in Manila recently.

She also said that the name of the patient was not included in the regular update of the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Department of Health (DOH) MIMAROPA (Mindoro provinces, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) on Tuesday.

“He was admitted due to another disease, but not because of COVID-19. He was also not included in the final list of DOH because based on the laboratory. However, he was considered as PUI for having travel history in Manila and the result of his confirmatory test was still pending,” she said.

Navarro also declined to disclosed the disease that caused the death of the patient.

DOH MIMAROPA RESU Noel Orosco also told reporters on Wednesday that the patient’s data did not meet the cut-off time of data collection that day.

“He was not included [in our tracker] because we received the data after the cut off time reporting,” he said.

There are 25 PUIs in Palawan, which nevertheless remains free from Covid-19 as of press time.