Ilocos Sur records 4th COVID-19 case

VIGAN CITY — An authorized person outside of residence (APOR) is Ilocos Sur’s latest COVID-19 case.

This was revealed in an announcement made on the official Facebook Page of Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Luis V. Singson posted in the evening of June 17, 2020.

The patient, now referred to as IS-C4, is a 35-year old male from Brgy. Quinarayan, Narvacan, Ilocos Sur.

According to the governor, the patient traveled to Manila from May 31 to June 13. Before his return to Ilocos Sur, the patient took swab tests at Capitol Medical Center in Quezon City. On June 14, IS-C4 returned home and subjected himself to home quarantine at their residence in Brgy Quinarayan in Narvacan.

In the afternoon of June 17, the COVID Action Center of the province received the official result of the swab tests which revealed the detection of SARS CoV-2, the coronavirus responsible for causing COVID-19, in the patient’s system.

The provincial government has placed Brgy Quinarayan under extreme enhanced community quarantine from June 17 to July 1 and has also initiated contact tracing.

Currently, Ilocos Sur has two active cases of COVID-19. In addition to IS-C4, a female returning overseas Filipino worker residing in Vigan City also showed positive test result for COVID-19 on June 9.

In a radio interview, Gov. Singson clarified that there is yet no community transmission in the province, but he is concerned that the number of cases may rise.

To prepare for such scenario, the PGIS-COVID Action Center recently masterminded the conversion of twelve container vans into isolation units to isolate COVID-19 patients from the regular patients in the hospitals. The isolation units are located at ISPH-Gabriela Silang (4 units), ISPH-Narvacan District Hospital (6 units), ISPH-Salcedo District Hospital (1 unit), and ISPH-Sta. Lucia District Hospital (1 unit).

Compared to other places in the country, Ilocos Sur has managed to minimize the spread of the pandemic, recording only four confirmed cases of the disease so far.

Meanwhile, the entire country has reached a total of 30,052 cases as of June 21. A team of University of the Philippines researchers have warned that cases may reach 40,000 by the end of June if transmission remains high. ●