DOH reports 339 persons probed for Covid-19 in CL
ANGELES CITY- The Department of Health in Central Luzon (DOH-3) said yesterday that the region has had 339 persons probed for Covid-19 in the region, including 288 persons under management (PUM) and 51 cases of persons under investigation (PUI).
This, even as the office of Mabalacat City Mayor Cris Garbo said plans to hold the Caragan Festival, an annual
event honoring a pioneering Aeta chieftain of the city, has been
deferred to March as a measure against possible Covid-19 contamination. The festival, which is usually participated in by thousands and lures an even greater number of watchers, was initially slated on Feb. 21.
DOH-3 epidemiologist Dr. Jesse Fantone relayed to SunStar his office’s latest report indicating Pampanga had the most number of 16 PUI’s or persons who exhibited such symptoms as fever, cold, and cough and travelled recently to China.
He said Tarlac had 13 PUIs, while Tarlac had 13, Bulacan had 10, Bataan had seven, Nueva Ecija had five and Zambales had two.
Fantone noted that of the total number of PUI’s, 26 have been discharged, 19 have been admitted to hospitals, and eight are still awaiting accommodation in qualified hospitals.
He also said that Tarlac had the most numerous PUM’s at 86, or persons who never exhibited symptoms of Covid-19 but had to be monitored by the DOH after their recent travel to China.
Fantone said that Bataan had 73 PUM’s, Nueva Ecija had 45, Pampanga had 28, Bulacan had 24, Aurora had 22, and Zambales had 10.
He cited laboratory results on the PUM’s showing 30 negative cases while 12 still await laboratory results, and 11 are still up for specimen collection.
Of the negative cases, 10 were in Pampanga, seven in Tarlac, four each in Bataan, Bulacan and Nueva Ecija, and one in Zambales.---Ding Cervantes/ SunStar Pampanga
Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’Santiago leads the post conference initiated on February 12, 2020 to discuss necessary actions to contain and prevent the wider transmission of emerging infectious disease including Covid-19.---CSF-CIO