CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–Department of Health Center for Health Development – Northern Mindanao (DOHCHD-NM) Regional Director Dr. Adriano Suba-an announced that they will now be implementing updated terms to be used for COVID-19 cases in line with national office standards to provide uniform data reports.
The three classifications, namely, ‘probable case,’ ‘suspected case,’ and ‘confirmed case’ will now be the technical standard term in their updates.
He said Person under Monitoring (PUM) will now be obsolete and the classification terms will now focus on what was previously known as Person under Investigation (PUI) instead.
‘Suspect case’ for people with Influenza-like symptoms, ranging from mild, severe, to critical that are still not tested but have travel history in COVID-19 afflicted places. This also includes elderly people (over 60 years old), people who are immuno-compromised, high-risked pregnant women and health workers who experienced respiratory problems, cough, and fever.
‘Probable case’ for people with Influenza-like symptoms, ranging from mild, severe to critical that were tested but resulted in inconclusive results.
And lastly, ‘confirmed case’ will be used for positive cases.
In modifying reporting approach and case classifications, DOH aims to efficiently keep track of the virus in order to mitigate the spread of such. (Vincent Philip S. Bautista/PIA10)