The regional health department cleared 16 persons under investigation (PUI) who were under home quarantine in Palawan, bringing the number down to 69 from 85.

Geraldine Perez, health education and promotion officer of Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Department of Health (DOH), said Wednesday evening that the PUI patients were cleared after they completed their 14-day quarantine period without showing any symptoms.

“They are cleared kapag wala na silang na-develop na signs and symptoms within 14 days after exposure,” she said.

Meanwhile, the 20 healthcare personnel of the Ospital Ng Palawan (ONP), including the 2 personnel and staff who were tested, were yet to be tagged either as PUI or persons under monitoring (PUM).

“‘Yon namang mga healthworkers, depende sa assessment kung saan sila ilalagay if PUI or PUM. Perhaps, to ensure na safe ang ating mga health workers while serving, kaya nila pina-test since isa sila sa priorities ngayon kasi bumababa ‘yong mga health care workers na natin due to this,” she added.

Earlier, Dr. Melecio Dy, hospital director of ONP, said in a separate interview that the medical staff were placed under quarantine as a precautionary measure.

Palawan has a total of 71 PUIs, 69 of whom were under home quarantine while 2 were admitted in the health facility, as of 3 p.m., Wednesday (April 8, 2020).

There are also a total of 44 PUM cases, who are tagged under ongoing investigation, after clearing a total of 4,018 since last week.

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