Yesterday, the Department of Health – Eastern Visayas Center for Health Development has confirmed two (2) new additional COVID-19 cases. This brings the total number of COVID- 19 cases in the region at 47.

The Eastern Visayas COVID-19 Testing Center (EVRCTC) has released 109 negative sample results and two (2) samples positive for COVID-19. These are patients EV-46 and EV-47. Patient EV-46 is a 29 year-old, female, a returning overseas Filipino (seafarer) from Tacloban City who arrived in the region via plane (Z28611) last June l, 2020. She did not register at the Balik Tacloban Project but has coordinated with BHERT and CHO on the day of her arrival.

Upon arrival, a specimen collection was conducted by the Tacloban City Office before she was transported for strict home isolation. The RT-PCR result turned positive and was released by the Eastern Visayas COVID-19 Testing Center (EVRCTC) on June 3, 2020. She is the Tacloban City’s first COVID-19 case. The travel history of this patient shows that she arrived in Manila from Italy on April 25, and a specimen collection was taken on April 30, 2020. The swab test result shows RT-PCR positive on May 7, 2020 and she was admitted in Capas, Tarlac Isolation Facility. On May l, 2020, another specimen was collected and the RT-PCR result released on May 29 turned negative. And, two days after, Patient EV-46 was discharged from the isolation facility. This morning, patient EV-46 was fetched by the LGU transport service and is now isolated at Tacloban Ligtas COVID-19 Temporary Treatment Monitoring Facility (UNDP Evacuation Center) in Bagacay, Tacloban City.

Meanwhile, Patient EV-47, a 27-year-old, male, is a Returning Overseas Filipino from Tolosa, Leyte who arrived in Tacloban City via plane (PR4987) on May, 25, 2020, the same flight with patients EV-36, EV-40 and EV-43. He is part ofthe contact tracing and also in a strict isolation.

“To put a halt on the chains of transmission of infectious disease like COVID-19, contact tracing is important. That is why we appeal to all the returnees of this region to please give correct information. To stop the transmission of COVID-19 we have to detect, report, isolate and treat. I’d like also to reiterate the need for the public to embrace the “New Normal”. Nasa ating mga kamay ang pangangalaga sa ating sarili, ating pamilya at ating komunidad. Sama- sama nating labanan ang COVID-19,” Regional Director Molon appealed.