A 30-year-old kidney patient in Occidental Mindoro tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, a virus that causes the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The provincial government of Occidental Mindoro, in an advisory issued Saturday, said that the male patient was transferred to National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI) in Quezon City, Metro Manila on June 9 for an emergency dialysis.

The patient, who has no known travel history, was first attended medically in San Sebastian District Hospital on June 6 for epigastric pain, cough, and difficulty of breathing.

His swab samples were taken upon admission and the results returned on Saturday (June 13) from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).

The island province of Occidental Mindoro has recorded a total of 41 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 16 of which were active active cases, 24 recoveries, and 1 death.

The recent 15 recoveries, announced early Saturday, were part of the 26 construction workers who remained to be asymptomatic. They were considered “recovered” after testing negative in a second confirmatory test on June 13.

Occidental Mindoro remained to have the highest number of cases in the MIMAROPA region, while Oriental Mindoro is the second highest at 25 total confirmed cases.

(With a report from Romar Miranda)