Negros Occidental now has 40 Covid-19 positive cases, with 12 new cases reported in the past three days, while Bacolod City now has 28 with one new case Saturday.
All 13 new patients were overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and locally stranded individuals (LSIs) who were recently brought back to Negros Occidental and Bacolod City.
None of the Covid-19 cases were locally transmitted, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz assured yesterday.
All the COVID-19 cases were caught before the LSIs and OFWs were allowed to return to their communities in Negros Occidental, he added.
The good news is 629 OFWs and LSIs, of the 2,008 who arrived in Negros Occidental from June 16-20, have tested negative of the virus and were released from quarantine Saturday, he also said.
The test results of the rest are being awaited, he said.
The three new Covid-19 positive patients reported in Negros Occidental yesterday were LSIs who arrived from Manila, Charina Magallanes Tan, Negros Occidental COVID-19 Incident Command Center spokesperson, said.
They are a 26-year-old female from Cadiz City and a 30-year-old male from Murcia who are EB Magalona facility quarantined, and a 32-year-old female from Himamaylan under strict home quarantine, Tan said.
All three are currently asymptomatic, she added.
On Saturday, Patient No 37, a 31-year-old female who arrived from Manila was also reported to be Covid-19 positive and asymptomatic. She is the mother of Patient No. 33, a 10-year-old boy from Moises Padilla who also arrived from Manila.
The 10-year-old and seven others from Negros Occidental were reported Covid-19 positive Friday by Diaz.
On Saturday Bacolod Patient No. 28 was reported to be a 23-year-old seafarer who was admitted for 19 days in Brazil for Covid-19.
He was discharged with improved condition and a negative Covid-19 result on April 11 and flew back to the Philippine on the same day, the City Health Office reported.
The seafarer was quarantined in Manila until June 10 and returned to Bacolod on a 2Go Malasakit voyage. He tested positive while in a city quarantine facility, the CHO added.
Diaz said they have speeded up the reporting of the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital laboratory test results for COVID-19 with the provincial government’s hiring of 15 more encoders.*
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