Occidental Mindoro recorded its first COVID-19 case involving a locally stranded individual (LSI) on Monday, after having already received close to 7,000 LSI returnees since the easing of the national lockdown.

The provincial government announced that their first LSI case involved a 32-year old resident of Calintaan who arrived from Taguig City and was asymptomatic.

The province has previously recorded 48 cases — all local transmission cases, since the pandemic began.

“[She] arrived in Occidental Mindoro on July 16. Presently asymptomatic and in a quarantine facility for strict monitoring,” the statement said.

The patient tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies using rapid diagnostic test (RDT) upon her arrival on July 16. A subsequent real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) was conducted which yielded positive result on Monday (July 20).

The island province has received 6,975 returnees under its “Balik-Probinsya at Libreng Sakay” program since the government eased the travel restrictions late May.

(With a report from Jane Tumalac)