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476 out of 590 patients with Covid-19 in Eastern Visayas have recovered

SOUTHERN LEYTE. Health workers in their full personal protective equipment during their routine check for Covid-19 cases in a quarantine facility in Libagon, Southern Leyte. (Photo courtesy of Rural Health Unit of Libagon)

A TOTAL of 476 out of 590 patients infected with novel coronavirus in Eastern Visayas have already recovered, according to the Department of Health (DOH) in the region on Monday, July 6, 2020.

The health department said the recovery rate in the region is now at 80.67 percent.

In Libagon, Southern Leyte alone, 14 out of the 17 cases have recovered, as of July 3.

Tacloban City Health Office (CHO) said they are monitoring five remaining Covid-19 patients out of the 58 cases as the rest have already recovered, as of Monday.

In Palo, Leyte, two out of 19 patients have also recovered.

“We are ending this weekend with good news. Palon-ons, we have our second recovered Covid-19 patient from Barangay Naga-Naga. Nakauwi na po si Eliza sa kanyang pamilya kaninang hapon pagkatapos ng kanyang 14-day quarantine at dalawang negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test results, conducted after her 14th day of isolation,” Palo Mayor Ann Petilla announced on Monday.

The local government of Palo also prepared a surprise activity for the recovered patient.

“As always, let us practice health protocols and let us support and pray for our frontliners and those who are battling Covid-19,” added Petilla.

In Ormoc City, Councilor Lalaine Marcos disclosed that all positive patients in the city “are already in quarantine and as of this time, asymptomatic.”

“Our Covid-free status may be short-lived but it is nice to know it can be done,” said Marcos.

She added that Ormoc will soon have its reverse transcription (RT)-PCR testing laboratory through the generosity of the Energy Development Corporation and the OSPA-Farmers Medical Center.

In Maasin City, Southern Leyte, Mayor Nacional Mercado said that all its five Covid-19 cases are also asymptomatic.

Mercado disclosed that four returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have arrived on Monday, adding that the returnees already completed the required documents, all health protocols and procedure including the required mandatory RT-PCR (Swab) Testing that have yielded negative result and the 14-day quarantine prior to their transport in Maasin City.

“The returning OFWs were subjected to profiling upon arrival before being placed in our quarantine facility. They will then be closely monitored by our local health personnel,” said Mercado.

According to Mercado, they will continue to conduct another RT-PCR (Swab) Test after seven to 10 days of their quarantine period despite the DOH’s Interim Guidelines on Expanded Testing and DOH Covid-19 Advisory No. 22, stating that there is no more mandatory swab test for all returning residents in Eastern Visayas.

Southern Leyte Governor Damian Mercado announced that the province will also have its Covid-19 testing center facility with the start of its building construction this July.

Meanwhile, Eastern Visayas Regional Covid-19 Testing Center (EVRCTC) released a total of 622 laboratory results, with 612 negative results and 10 positive for Covid-19 on Monday.

The 10 positive results include nine new cases and one re-swab result of Patient EV-133 from Tabon-Tabon, Leyte, who is admitted to the Burauen District Hospital in Burauen, Leyte.

The nine new confirmed Covid-19 cases are tagged as Patients EV-582 to EV-590, according to the DOH-Eastern Visayas.

The new cases are in Capoocan, Leyte (2); Ormoc City (3); Matalom, Leyte (1); Leyte, Leyte (1); Albuera, Leyte (1); and Basey, Samar (1).

Divine Word Hospital Virology Laboratory also released a total of 59 laboratory results with 57 negative and two positive for Covid-19.

The two positive cases are re-swab results of Patients EV-399 from Tabango, Leyte, and EV-578 from Carigara, Leyte. (SunStar Philippines)


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