By Warren Valdez
SULTAN KUDARAT – The province of Davao Oriental has recorded one new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case, bringing the total number of infections in the province to 20.
The provincial government on Saturday bared that the new positive case was a 19-year-old male resident from the municipality of Banganga, who arrived in town on June 6 with travel history from Davao City.
“He is currently asymptomatic and in stable condition,” it added, noting that all of the 19 direct contacts of the new positive have already been traced and placed under strict isolation.
With the new positive, the province now has a total of five remaining active cases.
Meanwhile, the local government of Banganga said the patient was a locally stranded individual (LSI) who had a travel history in Purok 43, Barangay 22-C, Piapio Boulevard in Davao City, and was the second confirmed case in the municipality, four days after the DOH-Davao announced the first case in town.
Baganga Incident Management Team (IMT) commander Dr. Zoren Reyes said on Saturday evening that the patient happened to be the board mate of the town’s first positive case, a 19-year-old female resident of Barangay Mahanub.
“Kay bali boardmate sila didto sa ilahang boarding house sa Piapi Boulevard, Davao City. Apan kaning si unang kaso nato, June 2 ni niuli. Ang kaning bago nga positive nga kauban niya sa boarding house, June 6 niuli diri sa Bagangga gikan sa Boulevard, Davao Cit. ( They were boardmates in a boarding house in Piapi Boulevard, Davao City. Our first case came home on June 2. This new case, who happened to be her boardmate, returned here in Baganga on June 6 from Boulevard Davao City.)” he said.
Reyes said he was immediately isolated upon his arrival in town. He said that the patient was among the 27 close contacts of the first patient to have been traced and swabbed for the reverse transcription – polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test submitted to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City.
As of 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, the Department of Health (DOH) – Davao Center for Health and Development (DCHD) reported that the province’s new positive was among the 12 newly confirmed cases in the region.
Of the 12 cases, nine were from Davao City and one confirmed positive from Davao del Sur and Davao Occidental.
As of June 13, the DOH-Davao has reported a total of 429 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Davao region, with 270 recoveries, and 31 recorded fatalities.