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Baybay City In Leyte Reports First Case Of COVID-19

Fifth District of Leyte Representative Jose Carlos L. Cari confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in Baybay City, Leyte, via Facebook Live, Wednesday (May 27).

The solon said the patient was among the first batch of returning Leyteños who availed the Balik Probinsya Program. After learning about the news, Congressman Cari called an emergency meeting with the isolation and emergency response teams. The clustered groups are said to be conducting contact-tracing to manage the spread of the contagious disease.

In his six-minute video, Cari assured that Baybay City is already undertaking best efforts to protect its people from the deadly virus.

“Ako lang i-pasabot kaninyo nga ang siyudad as Baybay andam. Naa stay andam nga quarantine facility [as] matag barangay.  Naa stay isolation facility, ang atong COVID Ligtas Center nga naa diri as diversion road. Ug naa sab ang hospital. Ang tanan naglihok niani, ang atong City Health Office, along kapulisan, along mga barangay, mga BHWs, tanan naa sa gobyerno ug nasa pribado nag-kooperar mahitungod niani,” he said.

Cari made it clear that all returning residents are required to be tested and spend 14 days in quarantine. He furthered that patients who will test positive for the COVID-19 in the rapid test will need to undergo polymerize chain reaction (PCR) testing, which directly detects the presence of an antigen, rather than the presence of the body’s immune response, or antibodies.

In the end, Congressman Cari encouraged all Baybaynons to observe strict health protocols. On top of wearing face masks, observing physical distancing at all times, disinfection protocols, and proper respiratory etiquette, he also urged everyone to stay at home and avoid prolonged interactions as much as possible.

To recall, the Eastern Visayas Region confirmed its first COVID-19 case on March 23, 2020. The patient, who is a 51-year-old female from Catarman, Northern Samar, flew from Japan and arrived in Manila on Jan. 2. She, stayed in Greenhills, San Juan for eight weeks and arrived in the province on March 4.  The patient manifested symptoms of a severe acute respiratory infection three days after. She was, then, admitted to a local hospital on Mar. 10 and was transferred to the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) on March 12.

As of Wednesday, the Department of Health – Eastern Visayas reported a total of 28 (8 currently admitted and 20 patients recovered) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region. It is, also, monitoring 1,880 suspected cases (85 are admitted while 1,795 are in home isolation).

Jaja Agpalo

Jaja has a degree in journalism and took classes in international law and business communication. She is a publication specialist with more than five years of experience in traditional media and digital publishing combined. Jaja has also been exploring the world digital marketing in the past three years.

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