2 returning LSIs in Sarangani positive for Covid-19

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Department of Health 12 (Soccsksargen) Covid-19 tracker as of 6 p.m. on July 10, 2020.

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Two more returning locally stranded individuals (LSI) in Sarangani province have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), officials said Saturday.

The two new infections, which were recorded in the municipalities of Malungon and Maasim, were reported by the Department of Health (DOH) 12 (Soccsksargen) on Friday evening.

Malungon Mayor Maria Theresa Constantino said in an advisory that the town’s second confirmed and the active case is a 23-year-old man who traveled to Metro Manila and stayed for some time in Quezon City.

Constantino said the LSI returned home aboard a Cebu Pacific Air flight 5J911 via the city international airport last July 2.

Upon arrival, the patient manifested colds and immediately underwent a rapid antibody testing that turned out negative for possible Covid-19 infection, she said.

The municipal health office subjected him to a confirmatory reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test and he turned out positive for the disease.

Constantino said the patient was transferred on Friday to the provincial isolation facility in Alabel town and was in stable condition.

“He has no physical contacts in the municipality, aside from his fellow passengers in the plane and health workers who transported him to the isolation facility. Contact tracing is now on-going,” she said.

In Maasim, Mayor Zyrex Pacquiao said their latest patient is a 38-year-old female LSI who arrived from Manila last June 29 aboard a Cebu Pacific commercial flight via this city.

Pacquiao said the latter stayed in Pasay City for four months due to the heightened community quarantine and was cleared to travel home after coming out negative in a rapid antibody screening conducted at Fort Bonifacio.

He said the LSI was directly ferried to the municipal isolation center upon arrival and did not have contact with anyone from the community.

After seven days in isolation on July 7, Pacquiao said the patient turned out positive in a rapid antibody test and was subjected the following day to an RT-PCR test that also came out positive.

“She is currently asymptomatic and we’re doing everything to assist her recovery,” he said in a public video message.

Pacquiao said the patient, the second for the coastal municipality, would undergo another RT-PCR test next week.

The DOH-12 said the province already has 11 confirmed cases, with three recoveries as of Friday evening.

Aside from the eight active cases, five suspect patients are under close observation in undisclosed facilities. (PNA)

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