April 3, 2020, 8:00am

A patient who was admitted last April 2, 2020 at 1:50AM in the COVID-19 ward of Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) died on the same day at 11:45 PM. The patient was a 5 month baby from Anahawan, Southern Leyte. He was considered Person Under Investigation (PUI) since his symptoms were observed on the 13th day of quarantine. Fortunately, swab samples of the patient which was taken from another hospital was released several hours after he was admitted at EVRMC and it turned out to be NEGATIVE for COVID-19 virus.

Despite testing negative for the virus, all protocols in the handling of remains were strictly followed in accordance with Infection Prevention Control protocols and was coordinated with the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit and the Local Government Unit concerned.

We urge the public to continue to practice necessary preventive measures in combating the COVID-19 Pandemic.