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Oro dad says contact tracing automatically done to confirmed patients

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–“To the extent nga na’y confirmed nga taga Cagayan de Oro nga namatay, automatic na na ang contact tracing even if wala pa’y results,” Mayor Oscar Moreno said in a press conference, March 25, here.

Noting one confirmed patient who was tested positive with coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 in the city, Moreno said the local government is doing measures in fighting the disease through taking responsibility in tracing contacts, which is primarily done by the Department of Health (DOH).

“We can go further kahit PUI [person under investigation] lang basta nasa NMMC [Northern Mindanao Medical Center] (even if he or she is only named PUI as long as the patient is in NMMC) and the condition is not good, mag-contact tracing na (we will conduct contact tracing already),” Moreno said. 

For their part in the City Health Office (CHO), Dr. Lorraine Nery said they regularly check the persons under monitoring (PUMs) to see if they have developed symptoms and if such occurs, reports should be submitted immediately.

Aside from the regular monitoring of patients, the office also strengthens COVID-19 awareness campaigns including the disease’s risks and prevention. 

As of March 24, Dr. Dave Mendoza of Department of Health Center for Health Development Northern Mindanao (DOHCHD-NM) said they have recorded 219 PUIs in the region, of which 21 are currently admitted and 35 were tested and discharged. All tests were performed by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM). 

From the 219 PUIs, 122 were under home quarantine while 38 were able to complete the quarantine period. 

Out of the 3,817 PUMs, 1,989 are undergoing a 14-day quarantine while 1,828 have completed the quarantine period. Currently, there are three positive new cases for COVID-19 bringing the total to five confirmed cases captured in Northern Mindanao with one death. (RTP/PIA10)

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