By Mike Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY – The regional office of the Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) on Sunday night reported 10 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Caraga region.
As of Sunday night, Northeastern Mindanao or Caraga region already has a total of 32 COVID-19 confirmed cases.
The new cases were returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) and locally stranded individuals (LSIs) who arrived in Caraga region recently from Cebu and Cagayan de Oro.
“As of June 14, 2020, DOH Caraga records ten new RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) confirmed COVID-19 cases in the region,” said the DOH 13 Regional Director Dr. Jose R. Llacuna, Jr., in his radio broadcast Sunday night.
Llacuna also reported seven recovered COVID-19 cases.
As of press time, some specimens were already forwarded to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) sub-national laboratory for confirmatory testing.
With this new development in Caraga region, the region’s DOH 13 top official assured that the new 10 cases were strictly being monitored in their assigned quarantine areas.
The health official appealed to Caragnons to stay calm and always adhere the health protocols issued by the local government units (LGUs), health authorities and other concerned line agencies of the government.
“Always adhere to the health standards advised by the DOH and your LGUs,” Llacuna stressed.
“Containment measures are continuously being done thus let us coordinate with one another. If going outside is unnecessary, then, better stay at home,” the region’s health chief added.