Palawan remains free from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as the health department announced Friday the negative result of the laboratory test conducted on one of three persons under investigation (PUI).

Dr. Mario Baquilod regional director of the Department of Health (DOH), early Friday also said confirmatory tests on the two other cases are still being conducted.

“Palawan is still COVID-19 free since PUI1 tested negative. We’re still waiting for the result of PUI2 and PUI3 [which may be expected] earliest is tomorrow morning,” he said.

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There are two PUIs and 19 persons under monitoring (PUM) in Palawan, as of press time.

PUI1 will remain at a private hospital in the city while being continuously treated for pneumonia.

PUI2 and PUI3 are being isolated in a government hospital while confirmatory tests are being processed at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).

“Supposedly po 24-48 hours po ang release ng result ng mga specimens na na-test, but due to the bulk and increasing number of specimen for testing sa RITM po, nag eextend lang po tayo ng konting oras. But ginagawa naman po ng DOH at RITM ang lahat para po ma test lahat ng specimen na dinadala sa kanila,” Romalyn Racho, regional head of Health Education and Promotion Unit of Department of Health (DOH), said.

The 19 PUMs, who were placed in home quarantine in northern Palawan, were being monitored by Municipal Health Office (MHO) and Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT).

“Wala naman silang sakit, pero just to be sure, sila ay ika-quarantine,” said Dr. Mary Ann Navarro provincial health officer (PHO).

(with reports from Romar Miranda, Ruth Rodriguez, Alex Baaco, Patricia Laririt, and Bella Mutia)

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