Panabo City records first case of local transmission; village, church placed under localized ECQ

DAVAO CITY - The Panabo City Health Office confirmed the city’s first case of local transmission after a healthcare worker tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) last Saturday.

In a statement on Tuesday, the city government of Panabo said the patient, tagged as PC31, had no travel history to COVID-19 high risk area.

The investigation of the monitoring team of the Panabo City Inter-Agency Task Force for COVID-19 showed that PC31 attended to a patient who was confirmed positive for COVID-19.

The said patient was admitted in a health facility in Panabo City. All the health workers in the health facility underwent swab testing after the patient tested positive for COVID-19.

PC31 was among the two health workers who tested positive from the said health facility. However, only PC31 was considered as a case of local transmission based on the guidelines set by the Department of Health (DOH), while PC30’s history of exposure was still under investigation.

Panabo City Mayor Jose E. Relampagos ordered the placing of Purok 18 Villa Feliza in New Visayas, and the Our Lady of Mary Mediatrix of All Grace Quasi-Parish under localized enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) based on the recommendation of the Panabo City COVID-19 IATF.

Meanwhile, as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, the DOH Davao Center for Health Development reported 34 new cases of COVID-19 in the region bringing the total number of recorded cases to 1,602. The DOH said 520 of these were active cases.

Based on the COVID-19 Regional Case Bulletin on August 11, 26 of these new cases were from Davao City, three were from Davao de Oro, two cases each were from Davao Oriental and Davao del Sur, and one from Davao del Norte.

The DOH also reported 18 new recoveries, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,027.

“Among these, seven were from Davao City, five from Davao del Sur, four from Davao de Oro, and one each from Davao Oriental and Davao del Norte,” it said.

The region has so far recorded 55 COVID-19 deaths.