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Isolation of family members of COVID-19 casualty mulled

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: City Health officials are considering the idea of isolating the family members and people associated with the first Cagayanon who died of COVID-19 virus here Friday.
The patient, who died a week ago, was originally diagnosed to have a serious acute respiratory illness (SARI)  but later turned out to be COVID-19 positive, Dr. Jose Chan, of the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) here said.
The swab result of the patient arrived only Thursday indicating that the SARI patient was COVID-19 positive , then, sending local health officials to conduct a “contact tracing” of all persons associated with the patient, a resident of Barangay Camaman-an, one of the city’s  suburbs.
The City Health officials scrambled and rounded up 16 family members and friends believed to have gotten near the patient before he died a week ago.
Dr. Joselito Retuya, the city’s epidemiologist, said that there are plans to isolate the 16 people in a secure place to be lockup under quarantine  for 14-day or more.
He said the local health authorities also interviewed about 600 people in Camaman-an and conducted medical checkups to nine people who are closely associated with the patient, but did not show signs fo the symptoms.
Barangay (Village) officials of Camaman-an also imposes a “lockup” measure to prevent residents and outsiders from freely roaming around the village.
The death of the SARI patient was the first confirmed death of a locally transmitted COVID-19 positive patient without travel history.


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