A PATIENT under investigation (PUI) for possible infection of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) died while receiving treatment at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) Thursday morning, March 26, chief of hospital Dr. Jose Chan said.
The 56-year-old woman, a resident of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, was diagnosed with acute respiratory illness (ARI). She was initially assessed with dengue upon admission and cardiovascular disease and was reassessed as standard protocol of the NMMC.
She was diagnosed with ARI and was placed in an isolation room at the NMMC.
Chan said during the regular press conference on Covid-19 on Thursday, March 26, that the patient was in contact with a family member who had traveled from Manila.
Swab sample has already been taken from the patient but result is pending.
Dr. Jennifer Advincula, the municipal health officer of Tagoloan, said they are in close coordination with the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team and has conducted intense contact tracing, disease surveillance and stringent precautionary measures within the municipality.
"We appeal to the general public to strictly abide to the directives of the LGU (local government unit). Rest assured that we are exhausting all our efforts to be able to comply our tasks and responsibilities in consonance with DOH guidelines and standard operation procedure," Advincula said.
As of March 26, the NMMC has 14 admitted PUIs, Chan said.