A 44-year-old returning resident of South Cotabato has tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), bringing the total number of confirmed infections in the province to 16.
Arjohn Gangoso, health education and promotion officer of the Department of Health (DOH) 12 (Soccsksargen), said in an advisory on Friday night that the female patient had traveled to Metro Manila and arrived in the province last June 4.
Gangoso said the patient underwent a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test and the positive result was released by the Dr. Arturo P. Pingoy Medical Center in Koronadal City.
She is under quarantine in an undisclosed isolation facility and closely monitored by health workers.
“(She) is currently in stable condition,” Gangoso said, citing a report from the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) of South Cotabato.
The province’s latest confirmed Covid-19 patient is the 12th active case, all involving returning residents, and the seventh to be detected in five days.
The DOH-12 and IPHO reported two new cases last Monday, one on Tuesday and three on Wednesday.
Gangoso said two more suspect Covid-19 patients who expired while undergoing treatment in undisclosed hospitals in South Cotabato have tested negative for the disease.
The first patient was a 67-year-old man who died last June 17 due to Type 1 acute respiratory failure, secondary to high-risk community-acquired pneumonia and cerebrovascular disease.
The second was a 74-year-old man who succumbed last June 12 to upper gastrointestinal bleeding, secondary to bleeding peptic ulcer disease, and high-risk community-acquired pneumonia.
The latest fatalities have brought the suspect Covid-19 deaths in Soccsksargen to 49, with one confirmed case, three with no collected samples, and 45 with negative RT-PCR results.
As of Friday night, Gangoso said the confirmed Covid-19 cases in the region have reached 48, with one fatality and 22 recoveries.
Source: Philippines News Agency