The DOH – CAR reported seven of the new cases are from Baguio City, two in Benguet and one in Abra. The region has now 14 COVID-19 cases. The earlier confirmed cases are three from Baguio and one from Abra.
All the cases in the city have history of travel abroad or at the National Capital Region except for one who has not travelled outside Baguio in the past weeks. The first local transmission who agreed to identify himself to save others is an employee of the Baguio City Health Office.
The two COVID-19 positive cases in Benguet are both female from La Trinidad, a 34 year old and 6 year old who travel history abroad and Calabarzon, respectively.
The 48 year old man from Abram has close contact with a COVID positive patient.
All are in stable condition
DOH reported 143 have tested negative for the coronavirus while 23 have pending laboratory confirmatory tests from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM). Of the 23, one is a presumptive positive COVID-19 case.
Presumptive positive case is anyone who has tested positive for the virus at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) Subnational Laboratory but must undergo confirmatory testing at RITM
For persons under investigation, the total stands at 311 with 74 admitted in hospitals, 163 under home quarantine and 74 already discharged. There are also four deaths among PUIs in the region with three tested negative for COVID-19 while confirmatory test result from the RITM is awaited for the other one who is considered a presumptive positive COVID case.
As of March 27, 2020, the BGHMC Subnational Laboratory is now certified by the RITM to perform independent testing for COVID-19 by Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction.(JDP/PIA-CAR)
By PIA CAR