2nd confirmed COVID-19 case in Caraga now tested negative
BUTUAN CITY, May 13 (PIA) — The 65-year-old male from the city who tested as the second confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) case in Caraga region, is now tested negative on his follow up test, says DOH Caraga chief.
During the 6th Regional Task Force One Caraga Shield Meeting held on Wednesday, DOH Caraga Regional Director Dr. Jose R. Llacuna, Jr. revealed that the follow-up laboratory test result received from the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) of the second confirmed COVID-19 case in the region has already tested negative.
“This is a case of a 65-year-old male patient from Butuan City admitted at the Caraga Regional Hospital who clinically recovered,” Llacuna said.
According to Llacuna, the patient has no fever and cough for more than a week now, has been weaned off of oxygen support, with resolved pneumonia in Chest X-ray, and can now perform tasks without respiratory effort.
“We are pleased by this development, the patient may be discharged upon the assessment and discretion of the attending physician and the rest of the healthcare team,” Llacuna added.
Also, DOH Caraga revealed that another six lab results were received for the six suspect cases coming from Butuan Doctors’ Hospital, M.J. Santos Hospital, and Butuan Medical Center and they are all tested negative of COVID-19.
DOH reminded everyone to consistently practice physical distancing, stay at home, and follow health advisories. “Our fight against COVID-19 is far from over,” he said. (NCLMM/DOH/PIA Caraga)