DOH records 3rd positive COVID-19 case in Caraga region

Published April 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Mike Crismundo

BUTUAN CITY – The regional office of the Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) reported on Wednesday a third positive case of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Caraga region.

The DOH Caraga received on Wednesday the RT-PCR confirmatory tests results from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and one sample turned out positive for COVID-19.

“This is a 10-year old female from Butuan City, with no symptoms and no travel history. However, she was in close contact with an individual who attended the Araw ng Dabaw six-cock Derby in New Davao Gallera last March,” the DOH-CHD said in its advisory.

The confirmed case is one of the six samples of the third batch of the Rapid Antibody Tests (who were positive for lgG Antibody) that was conducted by the city government of Butua. The other five tested negative in the RT-PCR Test after Oropharyngeal swabs were taken and were forwarded to the regional office and then to the RITM since the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) was still trying to secure reagents during the time of collection. The fourth batch of samples was already sent on Tuesday, April 21, to SPMC, it said.

As of April 23, Butuan City has already recorded a total of three confirmed cases of which, one came from Manila, while the other two were exposed to individuals who took part in a public event in Davao.

The regional office of the DOH 13 urged Caraganons to stay home and abide by the health protocols implemented by the inter-agency task force (IATF).

“We would like to reiterate to the public to stay at home and only go out from your houses when necessary,” DOH 13 Regional Director Dr. Jose R. Llacuna, Jr. said.

“Let us be responsible citizens and follow the advisories set by the DOH and the local government units,” the region’s health chief said, adding that “by working together and by abiding by the laws, we will beat COVID-19.”

With three positive COVID-19 cases, the city government of Butuan has strictly implemented its Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) by issuing ‘color coding ‘ scheme for home quarantine pass (HQP) holders to limit the movement of people.

Going out for the purpose of buying food and medicine will only be allowed on certain days based on the color of the signature in a holder’s HQP.

Black Signature: Monday and Thursday, Blue Signature: Tuesday and Friday, and Red Signature: Wednesday and Saturday.

All HQP cannot be used on Sunday and during curfew hours but exemptions are given only to frontliners.