By Mike U. Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY – Caraga region’s lone coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patient has now tested negative in his follow up test, the region’s top health official reported Monday.
Department of Health Region 13 (DOH-13) Director Dr. Jose R. Llacuna, Jr. told newsmen that the 68-year-old male patient, who was the region’s first and only COVID-19 case, has already tested negative in a follow-up test conducted on him.
“The result is negative, and we are awaiting the second follow up test and the government hospital will discharge him if the result is again negative,” the region’s health chief said.
The patient, with pre-existing conditions of hypertension, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, was first tested positive for COVID-19 on April 6.
He was also the first confirmed COVID-19 patient in the Caraga region.
He arrived from Manila on March 12, and was admitted at the Caraga Regional Hospital (CRH) in Surigao City on March 29 due to flu-like symptoms.
“As of now, we are still waiting for the result of the second sample,” Llacuna stressed adding that the patient remains isolated at CRH.
The Caraga region health chief also said the patient’s wife and other family members have tested negative for the viral respiratory illness.
As of press time, the DOH 13-CHD said Caraga COVID-19 Monitoring has zero suspect case and zero probable case, with only one confirmed case.
Meanwhile, the region’s top DOH 13 official reminded Caraganons to continue to abide by strict home quarantine protocols.
“We reiterate our call to the public to stay strictly at home, frequent hand washing, eat will cooked and nutritious foods, get adequate number of sleep and perform regular exercise,” the region’s health chief added.