Ilocos Sur logs 5th COVID-19 death amid record-high cases

VIGAN CITY — Ilocos Sur logged its 5thfatality due to COVID-19 last Saturday with the death of a 59-year-old female resident of Vigan City.

This was confirmed by Gov. Ryan Luis Singson and Vigan City mayor Juan Carlo Medina via Facebook posts on April 3, 2021.

The patient, IS-C638, was a resident of Barangay Paratong, Vigan City, and the wife of another positive patient identified as IS-C590.

She reportedly had chronic kidney disease which required her to undergo hemodialysis three times a week.

Her husband, a tricycle driver, was admitted at the Ilocos Sur District Hospital-Magsingal as a COVID-19 suspect on March 23 and as required by health protocol, IS-C590 was also kept under isolation.

On March 31 she was transported to Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center in Batac City, Ilocos Norte for emergency dialysis where she was swabbed for RT-PCR prior to treatment.

On April 2, her swab test and that of her husband were released showing positive result to COVID-19.

She passed away on April 3 with the following diagnoses: acute coronary syndrome; COVID-19 confirmed, moderate; chronic kidney disease, stage V. 

She was the first recorded COVID-19 mortality in Vigan City.

“We are broken by the fact that her remains will not be interred nor will her husband be with her as he himself is battling with the disease. We grieve that her children will no longer see her smiling at them,” Vigan City Mayor Juan Carlo Medina condoled. 

This latest casualty happened amid rising number of cases in the province of Ilocos Sur. In the same statement released by Singson last Saturday, he announced the addition of 55 new cases pushing the total active cases in the province to 289.

Singson attributed the increase to the relaxing of travel and quarantine requirements in recent weeks as ordered by the national government.

“We did not feel the wrath of this pandemic until these past weeks after we had been compelled to lower our shields in compliance to national protocols,” he said in his statement.

“The situation is now causing an imbalance in the available resources of our community that I had to call for an emergency meeting with all the mayors and stakeholders of health on Good Friday. Please know that your local chief executives are considering every possible means to control the situation,” he assured the public.

“Meanwhile, it hurts to see our provincemates suffer from symptoms of the disease and the effects of isolation. It hurts even more to see our health workers selflessly and endlessly struggling for months to keep us safe. I ask each of you to please do your part by strictly observing the minimum public health standards and limiting your movements to essential travels only. Let us pray that soonest, we all heal as one,” Singson ended.