3 COVID-19 deaths recorded in Baguio City on a single day

Published December 6, 2020, 11:09 AM

by Zaldy Comanda

BAGUIO CITY – This city recorded three coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related fatalities on Saturday, December 5.

This was disclosed by the City Health Service Office (CHSO), which also said that there were 41 new cases posted on the same day.

The CHSO reported that a 60-year-old male experienced on and off fever and chills 12 days before he got himself admitted into a hospital on December 4. A reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test was done on him at the Parkway and Diagnostic Center which yielded a positive result.

He died on December 5 due to comorbities of diabetes mellitus and congestive heart failure.

The second fatality was a 68-year-old male, who was admitted at a hospital on December 4 due to difficulty in breathing.

The patient had been symptomatic since November 22. 

He consulted with a physician on December 1, and a swab test was done on him on December 2, which turned out negative.

A repeat swab was done on December 4 when he was admitted at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC), which came back positive this time.

He died the next day. His comorbities were listed as acute coronary syndrome, and pulmonary tuberculosis.

The third fatality was a 92-year-old male, who was admitted on November 19 for colonoscopy. He was swabbed prior to the medical procedure which tested positive.  He died on December 5 with rectal cancer as comorbidity.

Of the new cases, 28 were contact traced, three were traced through expanded testing, and 12 were symptomatic.

As of 6 p.m., December 5, the city has a total of 3,161 confirmed cases with 256 remaining active, 2,861 recoveries and 44 deaths.

The Department of Health- Cordillera also reported one fatality each in Benguet and Mt.Province, bringing a total of 69 death, 670 active cases in the region as of Dec 5.

A 71-year-old female from Bontoc, Mt.Province, with history of travel to Baguio City, died on December 5.

Meanwhile, travel from Sagada to Bontoc was temporarily suspended until contact tracing completed, after six new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the province.