Cagayan hospital staff applaud patient who recovered from COVID-19

Harris Julio, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 02 2020 12:58 AM

Video Courtesy of Cagayan Valley Medical Center

Staff of the Cagayan Valley Medical Center (CVMC) applauded a patient who was allowed to go home after her second swab test for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) yielded a negative result.

The patient is a 73-year old woman from Tuguegarao City, Cagayan who was tagged as PH893.

Despite being asymptomatic, she was brought to CVMC on March 27 because her first swab test showed a positive COVID-19 infection.

She has no travel history to any place with COVID-19 cases, but she was exposed to her son who was tagged PH275 and was first to be identified positive of COVID-19 in Cagayan Valley Region.

According to Dr. Glenn Baggao, CVMC chief, PH275 also tested negative in his second swab test conducted by the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM).

“Si PH275 ay pauuwin na rin bukas kasabay nung dalawang taga-Alicia, Isabela. Pero they are advised na mag-home quarantine din ng 14-days,” said Baggao who is ecstatic to share the good news

As of April 1, there are a total of 6 recoveries from COVID-19 in CVMC:

  • PH275, a 44-year-old male from Tuguegarao City, Cagayan and the first recorded case in the region.
  • PH893, a 73-year-old female from Tuguegarao City, Cagayan and the mother of PH275.
  • PH661, a 39-year-old male from Tuao, Cagayan and who is working as a security guard in Manila,
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  • PH837, a 52-year-old female from Alicia, Isabela and who traveled to Metro Manila with relatives
  • PH840, a 27-year-old male from Alicia, Isabela and who traveled to Metro Manila with relatives
  • PH1261, an isolation nurse at Region 2 Trauma and Medical Center in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya who attended to several person-under-investigation for Covid-19

Meanwhile, 26 health workers at R2TMC who were exposed to PH1261 tested negative for COVID-19.

However, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the region increased to 20.

According to Dr. Leticia Cabrera, the OIC-Director of DOH Region 2, results from RITM confirmed five new positive cases of COVID-19.

Among those who got infected by the deadly respiratory disease is a 35-year-old female from Tuao, Cagayan who had exposure to PH661; a 71-year-old male from Tuguegarao City, Cagayan who traveled to the US; a 29-year-old health worker in Cabagan, Isabela who is helping out in the contact tracing of other possible carriers of the virus; and two residents in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya who had exposure to a patient that died of COVID-19.

There are still more than 200 persons under investigation in the region awaiting the results of their laboratory tests.