Benguet OFW tests positive for new coronavirus

AFTER several weeks of being Covid-19-free, Benguet province recorded its 10th coronavirus-positive patient -- a 26-year-old male returning overseas Filipino worker (OFW).

The Department of Health (DOH)-Cordillera said Monday, May 11, that the patient is in stable condition.

He is the 43rd confirmed Covid-19 patient in the Cordillera Administrative Region.

The Benguet Provincial Health Office said the patient is currently admitted at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.

Mayor Romeo Salda of La Trinidad said the patient, after arriving in the country, went to Baguio City Triage in Teachers Camp where he was later found to be coronavirus-positive.

Salda said that as of Monday, May 11, the local government unit is coordinating with health authorities for more information about the new patient.

Salda said all OFWs and residents must go to the triage area in Teacher's Camp.

The last time Benguet recorded a coronavirus-positive individual was April 26, when three were infected.

At least 39 OFWs are expected to return to the different towns in the province, with 15 in La Trinidad, seven in Itogon, four in Tuba, three each in the towns of Buguias, Mankayan, two each in Atok and Kibungan and one each in the towns of Tublay, Kabayan, and Bakun.

Four of the 39 individuals are still quarantined at Teacher's Camp while 20 already went home, 15 are still in the different quarantine facilities in Manila and nearby provinces.

The Provincial Government said it is expecting more returning OFWs and is in close coordination with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.

All OFWs are required to undergo rapid diagnostic testing and will be released once they test negative.

In response to the national government's call to accommodate returning OFWs, the facility at Teachers Camp was earlier opened by the City Government of Baguio for returning OFWs.

In Baguio City, 59-year-old Rafael Serrano, an expatriate from New York City who tested positive for coronavirus, finally recovered and was discharged over the weekend.

Serrano was admitted on March 27 at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center after developing symptoms following his travel from the United States and Thailand. He is one of the many patients in the city who disclosed his identity after Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong appealed to him to come out in the open.

Serrano had the longest of confinement due to Covid-19 at BGHMC and was finally discharged after receiving the result of his seventh swab, which yielded a negative result. (With a report from Baguio City PIO)


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