Palawan records 1st death due to COVID-19

Published April 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Aira Genesa Magdayao

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — The Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU) confirmed on Thursday that a 34-year old Palaweña died on Wednesday at the Ospital Ng Maynila Medical Center (OMMC) due to the coronavirus disease or COVID-19.

Based on the record of the Department of Health (DOH), this is the second COVID-19 case in Palawan. The first case was the Australian who was already cleared of the virus.

Noel Orosco, regional epidemiologist of the Department of Health (DOH), told the Manila Bulletin on Thursday that the residency of the patient which is Palawan was established through a tracker.

“What’s in the tracker is true. However, we are still verifying how long the patient stayed in Quezon City. Usually, the National Capital Region asks for the province of the patients even if they are not really living there. We are going to change the tracker as needed. The Manila hospitals usually directly send their data to national. DOH Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) was not able to check it,” Orosco said.

Dr. Mary Ann Navarro, in a text message, said that they have already made an appeal to the DOH to change the tracker that caused panic among Palaweños.

Health officials said the public should not panic and strictly follow the guidelines provided for the Luzon-wide implementation of the Enhance Community Quarantine (ECQ).