BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Health – Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) reported on Friday night that 13 additional cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were recorded in Northeastern Mindanao or Caraga region.
“DOH Caraga confirms today, July 17, 2020, 92 RT-PCR results received from Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), and Northern Mindanao TB Reference Center (NMTBR) sub-national laboratories,” it said.
Of the results received, 75 tested negative, while 17 came back positive for COVID-19.
The negative RT-PCR results were from eight suspect cases from Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center, Butuan Medical Center, Butuan Medical Center Annex, Butuan Doctors’ Hospital, M.J. Santos Hospital and D.O Plaza Memorial Medical Center; eight probable cases from Nasipit District Hospital, Agusan del Norte Provincial Hospital and Agusan del Sur Quarantine Facility; and 59 results coming from high-risk individuals who either have turned positive in the rapid antibody-based test, or with relevant travel and exposure to COVID-19.
The 17 samples, which came back as positive, included four as follow-up tests of previously confirmed cases, and 13 new cases.
Of the 13 new cases, 11 were locally stranded individuals (LSIs), while two did not have any travel history or exposure with COVID-19 nor in close contact with any suspect, probable or confirmed cases and are residents of Butuan City.
Cases were distributed in the following areas: Butuan City (5), municipalities in Agusan del Norte- Nasipit (1), Santiago (2), Tubay (1), municipalities of Agusan del Sur-Esperanza (1), Talacogon (1), Trento (1), and Madrid, Surigao del Sur (1).
“With the additional two cases found in Butuan City that has no relevant travel history or exposure to COVID-19, we can say there is still ongoing local transmission in this region’s premier and capital city,” DOH 13 Regional Director Dr. Jose R. Llacuna said.
“With this knowledge, let us strengthen our measures to prevent further rapid transmission,” stressed the region’s top DOH official.
“We direct everyone to stay at home and only go out when necessary,” he said.
Caraga region now has a total of 215 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases.