By Warren Elijah Valdez
DAVAO CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) here has been continuously tracing close contacts of confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients in the region.
Dr. Cleo Fe Tabada, DOH 11 medical officer of the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit said on Wednesday, that continuous and intensified contact tracing have been conducted with the coordination of the local government units (LGUs) and health units in the region.
She said that some developments have been noted already.
Tabada said that 104 people were traced as close contacts of PH130, the 21-year-old female who was the first confirmed COVID-19 case in the region.
Of these 104 individuals, 83 persons were contacted and monitored. Three had mild symptoms while the remaining 80 were asymptomatic.
PH 262 and PH 263, the couple who also tested positive for COVID-19, had an estimated 129 persons that needed to be contacted. Of this figure, DOH was able to reach out to 49 individuals already.
For PH442, only 18 individuals have been listed for contact tracing. Taboda said they were coordinating with the airlines, and were waiting for the manifesto so that they can add it to their list.
Meanwhile, the City Health Office (CHO), Tabada said, will conduct the contact tracing for PH443, the latest patient positive of COVID-19.
As for PH444, the most recent of those reported to be positive for COVID-19, the local health units and the government will be extracting people who were its close contacts.
Tabada said all these contacted people with interactions to these positive patients are now in strict home quarantine monitored by the local health units.
“Continuous contact tracing have been conducted. We are encouraging people to please submit any information that might help with our contact tracing,” she said.