Six confirmed COVID-19 cases were recorded in Oriental Mindoro on Wednesday, as the province began its mass testing this week. The province, which has remained under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), now leads the entire MIMAROPA region in the incidence of virus spread.

Governor Bonz Dolor, in a statement on Wednesday, said that six out 73 swab samples they had submitted to a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests returned positive.

“Sa pinakahuling 73 resulta na dumating mula sa Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) at San Lazaro Hospital, 67 ang negative ngunit nagkaroon [tayo] ng 6 na positive,” Dolor said.

The six COVID-positive patients were reportedly asymptomatic persons or those who have not shown visible symptoms of the virus — a 49-year-old female from Barangay Pachoca, a 47-year-old male from Barangay Balite, a 58-year-old male from Barangay Managpi, a 51-year-old female from Barangay Santa Isabel, a 48-year-old female from Naujan town, and a 62-year-old female from Pinamalayan town.

The COVID-19 positive patients from Calapan City had direct contact with an asymptomatic doctor (Patient 330) who rendered medical service to the said patients.

“Sina Patients 439, 440, 441 at 442 ay walang history of travel sa labas ng lalawigan at pawang mga walang ipinakikitang sintomas. Nagkaroon sila ng direct exposure kay Patient 330, ang doktor na nagcheck-up sa kanila bago niya nalaman na siya ay mayroong COVID-19. Si Patient 330 ay asymptomatic din at ganap nang fully recovered ngayon,” Dolor added.

Deceased “suspect” COVID-19 patients in Palawan

Meanwhile, the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Department of Health (DOH) recorded three suspect COVID-19 casualties in Palawan, bringing the total fatalities in the province to 28.

Richard Ligad, city information officer (CIO), in a video announcement aired live on Facebook Wednesday afternoon, said that the two deceased suspect COVID-19 patients in Puerto Princesa were swabbed and pending results.

“Another suspect na sumakabilang buhay [noong] May 4, 70-75 years old male at [mula] sa rural barangay. Naswab siya at mayroon din siyang malubhang karamdaman. [Ang isa naman ay] 55-60 years old male [mula sa] urban barangay. Na-swab din siya at kanina siya mamtay between 7-8 a.m., May 6. Mayroon din siyang karamdaman, high blood at diabetes,” Ligad said.

Palawan has a total of 73 suspect COVID-19 patients; 21 of whom were admitted in different hospitals while 52 remained under strict home quarantine, as of 3 p.m., Wednesday (May 6).

Mass testing in Puerto Galera

Mayor Rocky Ilagan, town mayor of Puerto Galera, in a video announcement aired lived on Facebook Wednesday, said that the town has started its mass testing using rapid diagnostic test (RDT) kits.

Ilagan said 20 out 453 persons tested positive using the RDT citing that the individuals would still undergo confirmatory test using real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).

“[Noong May 5], may kabuuang bilang na dalawang daan at walongpu’t anim (286) ang sumailalim sa nasabing screening test. At mula sa bilang na ito, labing tatlo (13) ang nagpositibo,” Ilagan said.

“Mayo 6 ay may kabuuang isang daan at animnapu’t pito (167) ang bilang ng sumailalim sa nasabing pagsusuri. Mula sa bilang na ito, pito (7) ang nagpositibo,” Ilagan added.


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