A. PERSON UNDER INVESTIGATION (HIGHLIGHTS)

  • As of today, a cumulative of 15 Patient Under Investigation (PUI) are now recorded in the Region.
  • Six out of 15 PUI were already discharged in a good condition and tested negative of the laboratory test for 2019-nCoV Acute Respiratory Disease.
  • Moreover, three (3) PUI were cleared of 2019 nCoV ARD being beyond 14 days’ observation.
  • The laboratory sample specimens of the remaining PUI are now in RITM for laboratory confirmation.
  • In summary, nine PUI were discharged, and six PUI are still admitted and isolated.

B. PROFILE OF THE NEW PATIENT UNDER INVESTIGATION (PUI)

  • 12th PUI, 26 year-old female, Filipino, an OFW worked in Macau, arrived in Tacloban City last January 25, 2020. She experienced fever on January 26, 2020 and lasted only for a day after taking Paracetamol. After the fever, she also developed an unproductive cough which prompted her to take antibiotics and vitamin C for two days. She is currently admitted in one of Provincial Hospital, and now asymptomatic with no other complaints.
  • 13th PUI, a 83 year-old female, Filipino, with history of travel from Florida, USA and layover for 3 hours in Pudong, China and arrived in Southern Leyte on January 29, 2020 via Cebu. On February 6, 2020, patient experienced cough and fever that lasted for 2 days, and on February 8 she sought consultation and currently admitted and isolated at the DOH referral Hospital.
  • 14th PUI, a 30 year-old male, Chinese with history of travel to Guagxi, China last January 15, 2020. The patient sought consultation due to sore throat on January 22, 2020 with no fever and colds. He is now beyond 14 days’ observation with no signs of infection.
  • 15th PUI, a 25 year-old female who sought consultation in a private hospital in Northern Samar, and was managed as a case of Pneumonia and treated with antibiotic. It was found out later that the patient had a history of travel to Japan and Taipei, and arrived in the Philippines on January 25, 2020. She is now beyond 14 days’ observation.

C. HEALTH ADVISORIES TO THE HEALTH WORKERS AND PUBLIC

We are urging everyone, especially the public to be vigilant and do precautionary measures in avoiding coronavirus such as do hand-washing, maintain distance and cover nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing and boost your immune system by eating healthy foods such as vegetables and fruits, taking vitamin C and enough rest.

For those who have a history of travel in countries with confirmed case of 2019 nCoV ARD, especially in China who will be coming-in in Eastern Visayas, to please report and coordinate to the health officials if flu-like symptoms occur within 14 days upon arrival and share your history of travel.

We also remind the public to please avoid posting and sharing unverified information on all social media platforms to avoid panic and misinformation. The Department also discouraged the public to attend, participate, and organize a public events and gatherings that draw a large number of crowds in a single space. It is likewise recommended to cancel of such planned big events or mass gathering until further advice. This is to minimize the risk of contracting 2019 nCoV ARD.

“The office is on top of the situation, and doing its best to prevent the spread of this new disease,” Dr. Sabalberino said.