PUMs in NegOcc increasing

THE number of persons under monitoring (PUMs) for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) continues to increase.

Based on the latest report from the Provincial Information Office released Friday, March 27, the PUMs have already reached 13,673 from 12,768 on March 15.

Charina Magallanes Tan, spokesperson of Capitol’s Covid-19 Incident Command Center, said there are 105 PUMs who have developed symptoms while those cleared were 3,166.

Actively monitored PUMs on the other hand are 10,286.

As to the patients under investigation (PUIs), Magallanes said there are six now confined at the hospital while two PUIs died but still without laboratory confirmation of the cause.

There are already 34 PUIs who were already discharged from the hospital and 29 PUIs have already been cleared.

She also revealed that nine PUIs had negative results based on the swab test results released by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).

For now three swab samples sent to RITM has pending results while 15 were submitted in Iloilo also waiting for results.

Meanwhile, Provincial Legal Officer Alberto Nellas clarified that the province welcomes donations from everyone in terms of foods, and in kind for Negrenses who are displaced and affected by Covid-19 pandemic.

He clarified that the memorandum he issued on March 23 prohibiting solicitations of personal protective equipment, face masks and other medical equipment from private entities was an internal memorandum intended only for all medical personnel of the province.

This, he said after they got some information that there were medical employees soliciting for it which is prohibited because what they are using are PPEs and other medical equipment that are prescribed by the Department of Health.

Nellas said that they want to curb such unauthorized solicitations which is also prohibited under the law especially with the present situation relative to Covid-19.


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