Oct 2, 2020

Regional DOH records new PUI case in Puerto Princesa City

Dr. Mario Baquilod, regional director of the Department of Health (DOH), confirmed Monday that another person has been placed under investigation in a private hospital in the city on Sunday afternoon.

A 45-year-old female local resident of Puerto Princesa City is the new patient under investigation (PUI) for suspected coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Dr. Mario Baquilod, regional director of the Department of Health (DOH), confirmed Monday that another person has been placed under investigation in a private hospital in the city on Sunday afternoon.

The new PUI case is a female who has no travel history abroad. However, she works for a non-government organization (NGO) in Puerto Princesa City, which deals with foreign travellers.

“She’s a Filipino, 45-years-old, female, ang kanyang work requires yong coordination, meeting with mga foreigners and mga taga-Manila na workers, as well. Nag-start ang kanyang signs… may fever, may dry cough noong February 28 and then nag-seek siya ng consultation noong March 3 sa isang private hospital,” Baquilod said.

She was initially flagged as a PUI after her laboratory examination showed “atypical pneumonia” results.

Her symptoms also include difficulty in breathing and fever.

“Sinu-suspect na possible coronavirus so nakwan siya as under investigation… person under investigation and then yesterday I was informed and then we requested for a validation ng kanyang report so yon nga naka-confine siya ngayon and then today kinunan na siya ng specimen for submission to the RITM,” Baquilod added.

Specimen for COVID-19 confirmatory tests were gathered and are expected to be transported to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) this afternoon.

She has now been placed under isolation.  (with a report from Ruth Rodriguez)

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