A PATIENT who died early Friday morning, May 1, and five others tested negative for the novel coronavirus in Cagayan de Oro City, officials announced.
Among the patients who were found negative was a health worker and a seven-month-old baby, based on RT-PCR test results from the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City.
RT-PCR, or reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, detects the presence of the novel coronavirus, or Sars-CoV-2, which causes the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
The following were found negative for the virus:
1. 60-year-old female from Lapaz 1, Lapasan, who died early Friday morning, May 1;
2. 31-year-old mother;
3. and her seven-month-old baby from Brgy. 35;
4. 53-year-old female from El Salvador City;
5. 34-year-old female from Gingoog City;
6. 31-year-old female medical worker at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) who had contact with Patient 6783 from Brgy. Camaman-an.
The test results were received by the Health Response Cluster at the Emergency Operations Center earlier Friday.
City Mayor Oscar Moreno announced the results even as he urged the people to be vigilant.
He also said he will announce anytime Friday the adjustments for the reopening of the economy.
"Status quo lang sa yes, pero I'm looking at making adjustments unyang hapon. It's a very tough decision, akong gi-mention ganina na grupo kay di man ni ako ra mag-decide. Whatever the decision, is a result of long association discussing Covid issues. Rest assured, atong pamalandongan," he said.