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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, May 14, 2020
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More OFWs Covid-positive,
stranded Negrenses return


Two more repatriated Negrense overseas Filipino workers tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), while another virus-hit returnee has recovered, Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday.

This developed as 15 Bacolod and Negros Occidental OFWs from Manila arrived on a 2Go Malasakit Voyage at the BREDCO port yesterday afternoon, and 29 others from Cebu arrived at the Escalante City port last night.

Bacolod Councilor Cindy Rojas said 53 Negrenses from Cebu also arrived in Bacolod at 3 p.m. yesterday via Escalante City and were brought to the Education and Training Center School 4 for their mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Lacson said the two new COVID-19 positive OFWs, who arrived in Bacolod on a 2Go Malasakit Voyage on April 28, are asymptomatic and have been tagged as Negros Occidental Patients No. 8 and No. 9.

The two who are being held in a Bacolod quarantine facility tested negative on their first swab tests on May 1, and positive on their second swab tests on May 9, the results of which were released by the DOH yesterday.

Lacson said Patient No. 8 is a 35-year-old male from Barangay Poblacion, Valladolid, who arrived in Manila from Miami on March 22.

Patient No. 9 is a 27-year-old male from Barangay Binubuhan, Bago City, who travelled from Miami and New York and arrived in Manila on March 20.

Meanwhile, Patient No. 4, an OFW who returned to the province via Cebu has recovered and was discharged from the Negros Occidental Healing Center in EB Magalona, the governor said.

Patient No. 4 is a 41-year-old male nurse from Candoni town, who is a naturalized Irish citizen.

Also released yesterday were 24 Negrense OFWs after completing their mandatory 14-day quarantine at Go Hotel in Bacolod City.

They all tested negative for COVID-19.

Bacolod Councilor Israel Salanga said eight Bacolod OFWs arrived from Manila and 13 from Cebu yesterday.

Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian, Provincial Disaster Management Program Division chief, said seven Negros Occidental OFWs arrived from Manila and 16 from Cebu.

All were immediately placed on 14-day quarantine.*


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