BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Health authorities here are conducting aggressive contact tracing in two urban villages, Mandalagan and Estefania, after it was confirmed that the province’s Patient 2 made stop overs in these two places mid March after he came home from Pavia town, Iloilo province.
Local COVID inter-agency task force chief, Vice-Mayor El Cid Familiaran, told DNX the village chief of Estefania said he had already traced seven persons Patient 2 had come into contact with.
“All of them showed no symptoms,” Familiaran said, citing the report of the village chief of Estefania.
These persons were in the same house Patient 2 spent the night in after he came home mid March from Pavia town where he works for a couple with travel history to Manila. (READ: Province’s Patient 2 might affect modified ECQ)
Both tested positive.
In Mandalagan, an official told DNX the barangay’s health team will also conduct the contact tracing.
It is not yet known how many or who the persons Patient 2 met in this village.
PATIENT 2 BACKGROUND
Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz told DNX Patient 2 is a family driver in Pavia town, Iloilo province who came home 13 March and underwent home quarantine.
It was only on 5 April that he had fever and loose bowel movement.
Three days later, his employer told him that he (employer) and his wife, tested positive.
It was only on 11 April that Patient 2 reported about his symptoms to the town.
Diaz added the swab tests on Patient 2, his wife, and child were conducted 12 April and the samples were sent for testing the next day.
It was only last night, 20 April, that the results were known.