In its earlier announcement, three PUIs have been discharged from the hospital after they were tested negative for the 2019 nCoV-ARD Polymerase Chain Reaction Test-the confirmatory test for the disease.
According to Dr. Rio Magpantay, DOH-2 Regional Director, specimen samples from the four other PUIs have already been sent to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) for testing.
"PUIs that have tested negative for the 2019 nCoV-ARD include those from Gattaran, Tuao and Sto. Niño in Cagayan, from Cauayan City in Isabela, and from Diffun in Quirino," Magpantay said.
He clarified that the sudden rise in PUIs is a result of the health department's proactive surveillance efforts in looking at all possible persons with exposure to the virus in order to immediately contain its spread, with the inevitable possibility should they test positive for the disease.
"We wish to reassure the public that we are continuously working to guard all possible points of entry through the help of our partner agencies and are continuing to coordinate with our local counterparts through our provincial, city and municipal health offices and our DOH Retained Hospitals along with our other health care facilities," Magpantay added.
He assured the public that the government, through the DOH CV CHD, is prepared for any eventuality that may come with this global health concern.
"Be responsible in sharing information on the 2019 nCoV-ARD, place your trust in credible sources, the DOH being your primary basis," Manpantay told the public, adding that sharing of rumors or unverified information may cause panic.
In reference to the official report of the Department yesterday, there has been no declaration of additional confirmed cases, which leaves out national count at three, of which, none is from Cagayan Valley, he added.
The regional director also urged all involved government agencies and other institutions to openly communicate with DOH in confirming information on nCoV so as to allay the fears the constituents might be experiencing.
"We continue to reverberate the importance of staying vigilant and practicing safety through proper preventive measures on infection control, we urge the public to take these measures to heart and live by them," Magpantay said. (ALM/PIA-2/with reports from DOH-Cagayan Valley Center for Health Development)
By Angely L. Mercado and DOH-2