Press Release/31 March 2020

The Department of Health – Eastern Visayas Center for Health reports today additional one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19 in Eastern Visayas. This bring the total of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Region to two (2). The second confirmed case was part of the second batch of 22 sample sent to Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center for COVID-19 testing.

The second confirmed positive case is a 63 year old male from Calbayog City with history of travel to Manila and arrived in the region last March 8, 2020 with symptoms of dry cough. He was admitted on March 21, 2020 in a local hospital and later discharged with a diagnosis of Community Acquired Pneumonia and was sent  home with medication and advised home isolation.

During his home isolation, his dry cough persisted prompting him to be referred for a nasopharyngeal swab last March 25, 2020. Patients condition is improved, however because of high risk condition belonging to vulnerable groups, he is now to be transferred to our referral hospital for further monitoring and management.

“A surveillance team was dispatch already to do an extensive contact tracing of the said confirmed case”, informed by Dr. Molon

Meanwhile, the result of the second sample for the first confirmed case from Northern Samar is negative, stable in condition and is ready for discharged. The patient is advised for strict home quarantine for 14 days.

Today, DOH-EV CHD also received one (1) negative result of previous sample sent from RITM.

“Now is the time to really put emphasis on strict implementation of social/physical distancing, personal hygiene, proper hand washing and cough etiquette. Let us unite and cooperate to fight COVID-19 in Region 8”, Dr. Molon concluded.