Centenarian survives Covid-19

AFTER staying in a hospital for 11 days, Baguio City's oldest coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patient was given a clean bill of health Tuesday morning, October 20.

The 106-year-old male from Irisan was admitted at the Baguio General Hospital (BGH) for treatment as he was symptomatic and among those vulnerable to the disease.

The patient stayed in the hospital for 11 days and was discharged Tuesday, October 20, after attending physicians at the BGH finished clinical evaluation and risk assessment on the patient.

Last week, Dr. Rowena Galpo of the City Health Services Office said the centenarian was in stable condition and recovering from the disease.

The patient underwent a swab test after experiencing mild symptoms and the result released on October 9 turned out positive.

Although having only mild symptoms, the patient was admitted to the BGHMC because of his age.

Galpo said the patient despite being homebound, because of his age, may have contracted the virus through home contacts who have been venturing out of the house.

He was released based on clinical evaluation and risk assessment by his attending physician at the BGHMC, added Galpo.

To declare the patient as recovered, the clinical evaluation should show that the patient has no more Covid-19 signs and symptoms while risk assessment should prove favorable conditions of his home and environment upon release.

Based on Department of Health guidelines, patients who have no more symptoms can be discharged after 11 days of isolation and without necessarily undergoing another swab test.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong lauded the medical team for the successful interventions done to save the patient.

He also extolled those in the treatment and care sector for their efforts in keeping the mortality rate in the city low.

On Monday, October 19, Baguio recorded its highest one day infection with 65 new cases, one death and 21 recoveries.

The lone death is a 77-year-old female who had cough and fever for one week. She sought consultation on October 16 after cough and fever persisted and she experienced difficulty of breathing. Her swab test yielded positive result. She died October 19, 2020.

Of the new cases, 59 were contact traced, three were expanded tested and three were symptomatic.

As of Monday evening, October 19, there were 589 active cases and 1,094 Covid-19 recoveries.

There were 1,704 total cases of Covid-19 since the pandemic. (With a report from Baguio City Public Information Office)


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