TUDELA, Misamis Occidental (PIA)–Misamis Occidental province recorded one more new case of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on Thursday, April 9, bringing the total number COVID-19 patients to two.
The second patient from this province is a 69 year-old male, from Tudela town with hypertension, anemia and benign prostate hypertrophy as comorbidities who had history of travel to Cebu for medical checkup,March 9-11.
On March 12, he arrived in Ozamiz via Cokaliong Shipping lines, March 23, he felt mild fever. He was admitted at MHARS MC in Ozamiz City, MArch 27. The following day, March 28, a swab test was performed that yielded a negative result for COVID, April 4. Another swab test was conducted April 9, 19 days after his Cebu trip, and he tested positive for COVID-19.
The patient is now at the Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro Sr. (MHARS) Medical Center.
The companion of the patient is now placed at an isolation center and she is not showing any symptoms of the disease.
Misamis Occidental Governor Philip Tan appealed to her constituents to avoid attending gatherings, stay at home, and always wear face masks when going out as well as maintain social distancing and practice proper hand washing.
“This is a tough time for all us, especially for the people of Tudela. But we can conquer this if we remain prayerful,” he said.
He added, they are now in the process of contract tracing to ensure that all those who have been in contact with the said patient will be quarantined.
Tan also encouraged everyone not to panic amid this development.
The province has extended its full support to the 180 households of the Upper Centro, Tudela town.
In connection with the second confirmed case of COVID-19 in the province, Tan together with Tudela town announced that Upper Centro, Tudela is now under Enhanced Community Quarantine. (SMRN/PIA10)