Over 5K monitored for suspected COVID-19

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CEBU CITY—The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) is monitoring over 5,000 individual­s suspected of having the Coronaviru­s Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

As of March 19, 2020, a total of 5,632 of persons under monitoring (PUMs) and patients under investigat­ion (PUIs) was logged on the recent data from the agency’s surveillan­ce unit.Of these figures, 5,573 are classified as PUMs or individual­s who are asymptomat­ic but either have recent travel history to

areas affected by COVID19, or have come in contact with symptomati­c ones or PUIs.

There are 242 PUIs in Central Visayas.

Cebu Province has the most number of PUMs, at 3,127. It was followed by Negros Oriental at 1, 425, and Bohol at 536. The province island of Siquijor has 185 PUMs.

Lapu-Lapu City has the most number of PUMs among independen­t cities located in Cebu, with 139. Mandaue

City has 96 while Cebu City has 43.

Dr. Jaime Bernadas, DOH-7 director, attributed the increasing number of people being monitored to their decision to go beyond the case definition­s of PUMs and PUIs.

Before DOH – 7 implemente­d such guidelines, PUMs and PUIs refer to individual­s who have travel history to countries covered by the Philippine­s’ travel ban.

These countries are the whole of China, and portions of South Korea.

PUIs are symptomati­c and need to be admitted to health facilities while PUMs are asymptomat­ic and placed under self-isolation or home quarantine.

So far, there’s only one confirmed COVID19 patient in Cebu – a 65 year-old male doctor admitted in a priavety hospital in Mandaue City.

Bernadas said the patient is now recovering.

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