Newlywed Octogenarian found positive of COVED-19 in MisOr

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By Cris Diaz, Mindanao Daily News Online
July 15, 2020

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MISAMIS ORIENTAL: A newlywed octogenarian and two others were the first confirmed “community transmitted COVID-19 cases” in Misamis Oriental, health officials said Wednesday.

Acting town mayor Jaime Roa, 80, of Naawan in Misamis Oriental reportedly got married in June this year and was admitted to a hospital on Saturday after complaining of cough and cold.

A swab test taken from Roa, a medical doctor himself, found him positive of COVID-19, Dr. Jerrie Calingasan, head of Misamis Oriental’s provincial, inter-agency task force COVID, said Wednesday.

He said that Roa’s wife and the other members of the household were later tested negative after undergoing RT-PCR swab tests.

However, Calingasan said, Roa’s driver and a top town official were tested positive for the corona virus and were now confined in the town’s isolation unit.

He said that Roa’s case was “asymptomatic,” but health officials were now conducting contact tracing on all employees and friends close to the acting town mayor.

Calingasan said that Roa’s health condition is very stable and asked that he be sent home to undergo “home quarantine” himself.

“We have been trying to look into the source of the infection since this is the first officially recorded community transmitted COVID-19 in Misamis Oriental,” Calingasan said.


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