New case niece of woman from Burauen town
TACLOBAN CITY-A 25-year old woman is the latest confirm coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19) case of the region.
The new patient is the niece of the 58-year old woman from Burauen town, the first case of Leyte province, Dr. Minerva Molon, regional director of the Department of Health (DOH), said during a virtual press conference Friday afternoon.
Molon said that the woman, identified as Eastern Visayas COVID-19 patient number 7, has exhibited sore throat and cough on April 18.
Swab sample was taken from her on April 19 which was brought to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City with the positive result obtained last April 22.
She is currently confined at the municipal isolation unit for observation and management.
Molon said that unlike in the previous COVID-19 patients, the 25-year old woman was not brought at the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC), the referral hospital for the ailment, as she did not have any preexisting health problem.
The aunt of the latest COVID-19 patient is currently confined at the EVRMC since March 23.
The DOH-8 regional director said that with Burauen now having two confirmed COVID-19 cases, there is now a community transmission of the ailment considering that they lived in the same house.
Molon again reiterated for the public to adopt to the ‘new normal’ brought by the virus by wearing face mask, observe social distancing, personal hygiene and staying at home.
“From the beginning we’ve been calling the public to stay at home. If we stay, we cannot infect others. And from there, we can stop the transmission and spread in early stage,” the DOH regional director said.
On Friday, the DOH sent the batch 12 samples comprising 133 specimens from the contact tracing in Tarangan and from other areas.
(JOEY A. GABIETA, ROEL T. AMAZONA, RONALD O. REYES)