BAGUIO CITY March 23 – The Cordillera office of the Department of Health (DOH-CAR) disclosed that 73 of the identified 143 persons under investigation (PUIs) from the different parts of the region tested negative of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) which shows that there are many individuals who are still free from the contagious virus.
DOH-CAR regional director Dr. Amelita M. Pangilinan said that the 143 PUIs are spread out in the different parts of the region where 1 is a confirmed COVID-19 case from Baguio city while 69 persons are still awaiting their confirmatory test results that were transmitted to the Manila-based Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).
She claimed that of the 143 PUIs regionwide, 52 persons have been discharged from the different health facilities, 49 individuals are in strict home quarantine while 42 people remain hospitalized.
Further 88 percent of the PUIs are females while the rest arrest are males that come from the different parts of the region.
Based on the data from the DOH-CAR, Baguio accounted for the greatest number of PUIs with 76 where 31 are in strict home quarantine, 24 remain hospitalized and 21 were discharged followed by Benguet with 20 PUIs where 13 were discharged, 6 are hospitalized and 1 is in home quarantine.
Abra had 17 PUIs where 9 had been discharged and 8 remain under home quarantine while Kalinga had 11 PUIs where 7 persons are under home quarantine, 3 are hospitalized and 1 was discharged.
Mountain Province had 9 PUIs 6 had been discharged, 2 remain hospitalized and 1 is still under home quarantine while Apayao had 8 PUIs where 7 persons are hospitalized and 1 was discharged.
Of the 5 presumptive COVID cases in the region, PUI 95 is a 55-year old male who had onset of symptoms last March 12, 2020 and had history of travel from Makati City to Baguio city but is now confined in a Level 3 hospital in the National Capital Region (NCR) while PUI 66 is a 57 year old female who had onset of symptoms last March 6, 2020 and had history of travel from Manila to Baguio City and is now confined in a Level 3 hospital in the city; PUI 103 is a 55-year old female with onset of symptoms last March 10, 2020 and had history of travel in Quezon City and Manila to Baguio City but eventually died last March 18, 2020; PUI 121 is a 31-year old male with onset of symptoms last March 16, 2020 and had history of travel from Taguig City to Baguio City an is now confined in a Level 3 hospital in the city while PUI 125 is a 49-year old male with onset of symptoms last March 13, 2020 and had history of travel from Manila to Baguio City and is now also confined in a Level 3 hospital in the city.
Pangilinan pointed out that of the 5 presumptive COVID cases in the region, 1 individual already died but her test results have yet to arrive from the RITM, 1 person was already referred to a Level 3 hospital in Metro Manila upon his request while the 3 others are now confined in a Level 3 hospital in the city awaiting for the arrival of their confirmatory test results which are expected to arrive within the next several days considering the influx of initial screening results from other parts of the country for confirmation.