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‘No Covid-19 community
transmission in NegOr’


A health official in Negros Oriental has expressed belief there is no community transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the province.

This, after the wife of a doctor from Negros Oriental, who had tested positive of Covid-19 early this month, has been found negative of the deadly virus.

Assistant Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Liland Estacion, in a press briefing yesterday, said this is encouraging news, as she believes that the doctor may have contracted the novel coronavirus elsewhere and not in the province.

She said while laboratory tests of the other family members or those who came in close contact with the doctor are still pending, she believes this is not a community-acquired case.

The doctor does not work at any of the government or private hospitals in Dumaguete City. Although their family lives here, he left the province on May 10 for a training in Cebu City.

He and a number of doctors, medical technologists, and nurses from Bohol and Cebu who were reportedly in the same training were found positive of Covid-19, media reports in the region said.

Meanwhile, the province of Negros Oriental continues to have no new confirmed Covid-19 cases for more than a month now.

The latest report from the Provincial Health Office Thursday showed five people categorized with Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) or are probable cases, 10 with Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) with co-morbidities, and 11 ILIs without co-morbidities or are suspect cases.

Persons who are asymptomatic and are under monitoring and quarantine numbered 381 while asymptomatic persons who were monitored and have completed quarantine have reached 14,658.

The province previously reported having four confirmed Covid-19 cases, two of whom had died and the other two had recovered.

The last reported confirmed case was on April 9, and since then, all the suspect Covid-19 cases had tested negative of the coronavirus, Estacion said.*PNA


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