Ilocos Sur back to zero Covid-19 case

VIGAN CITY — Ilocos Sur is once again Covid-free. This was announced by Gov. Ryan Luis V. Singson in a social media post on June 27.

According to Singson, the provincial government received seven negative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests including that of patients IS-C3 and IS-C4.

It can be recalled that IS-C3 is a 30-year-old pregnant returning overseas Filipino from Barangay Pantay Daya, Vigan City who tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus early in June.

She arrived from Taiwan on April 15, was quarantined in a hotel in Pasay City and received her negative RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) test on May 9. Her return to Ilocos Sur was delayed and she had to stay at the hotel until May 25, when she was finally transported to Ilocos Sur.

She took another seven-day home quarantine at her residence and was finally allowed to roam around afterwards due to absence of symptoms.

But on June 7 she started feeling slight fever and sore throat. On June 8, she was admitted at Ilocos Sur District Hospital-Magsingal where a swab taken from her turned positive for the virus.

IS-C4 is a 35-year-old male Authorized Person Outside Residence (APOR), who went to Manila from May 31 to June 13, 2020. Prior to his return to his hometown in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, swabs were taken at the Capitol Medical Center in Quezon City. On June 17, the provincial government received the test result which was positive for the virus.

Although the tests for both patients have turned negative, they still have to remain under isolation, according to the announcement. IS-C3 shall be discharged but will need to undergo additional 7-day home quarantine, while IS-C4 needs to complete the 14-day quarantine, which ends on July 1. The lockdown period for IS-C4’s barangay will also be lifted that day. IS-C4 will also undergo another 7-day home quarantine.

Singson reiterates that there is no local transmission in Ilocos Sur. Since the start of the public health emergency, the province has recorded only four confirmed cases, all of which have now recovered.

In contrast, the entire Philippines has recorded a total of 35,455 cases with 9,686 recoveries and 1,244 deaths according to the data of the Department of Health on June 27, 2020. ●