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Sarangani remains COVID-free after last swab test returned negative

Sarangani remains COVID-free after last swab test returned negative

ALABEL, Sarangani (April 14, 2020) – Sarangani remains free from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as the last swab test from the 10 Persons Under Investigation (PUI) yielded negative on Monday (April 13).

Of the 10 swab tests, seven were verified at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and the last three tests were tested at Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City.

On Tuesday (April 14) Dr. Arvin Alejandro, provincial health officer, said “after a long wait, lumabas na talaga yung result ng ating last swab which was submitted for the COVID test at SPMC and thank God kasi with all the tests, all were tested negative.”

He also reported “pagdating naman sa ating mga PUM, as of 12 noon of yesterday (April 13), 44 na lang yung ating on-going quarantine and wala tayong bagong case ng PUM.”

"However," Alejandro said, “we should not be complacent with this kasi the virus is still present in the country and we should still strictly follow all the measures to avoid being infected by the virus.”

He also emphasized that despite testing negative, “we are” now “trying to strengthen the existing measures for us to sustain yung COVID-free province that is why Executive Order No. 11 was issued to strengthen what we are basically doing.”

On April 12, Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon issued EO 11 strengthening the implementation of the modified enhanced community quarantine thereby imposing a “tightened border lockdown” and the imposition of additional control measures against the spread of COVID-19.

Alejandro also cautioned the public about the circulating hearsays regarding a PUI.

“Baka may naririnig tayo na there is this certain person admitted in a hospital in Gensan who is dubbed as PUI of the facility, but based on our investigation and assessment, supposedly this particular individual should not be a PUI,” said Alejandro.

“We are instead entertaining a multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) of this patient, however, there is a pneumonia resulted in his X-ray.”

“But again” Alejandro cleared, “we cannot just categorize an individual with pneumonia as a COVID-related kasi kailangan i-establish yan whether it is a typical pneumonia or pneumonia but we understand the facility as such kasi it is also for their own protection.”

As of the writing, in the entire Region 12, Sarangani alone remains as COVID-free with 1 PUI(on-going home quarantine), 44 PUM (on-going 14 days quarantine) and zero confirmed COVID-19 case. (Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

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