Lone COVID-19 patient in Ilocos Sur recovers

TAGUDIN, Ilocos Sur — The lone coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patient in this municipality has recovered from the deadly disease. 

Governor Ryan Luis Singson made the announcement this afternoon saying that the patient, a 55-year-old female residing in Barangay Magsaysay in this town, has tested negative of the virus. 

With this development, Governor Singson lifted the lockdown of Barangay Magsaysay.

“The residents will now join the general public in the observance of strict home quarantine with privilege to go out for basic necessities,” he said.

In that same announcement, the Governor bared that they received 17 swab results which all yielded negative of the virus. 

The number of suspects currently admitted in different facilities is 11, all receiving due medical care. 

Meanwhile, each of the six PUI (persons under investigation) deaths is now cleared from COVID-19.

“Be assured, however, that their remains were properly handled for precautionary measures,” he added. 

Earlier, the Governor said that with the availability of rapid test kits in the province, the designated health teams will be going around to conduct random testing, starting with health personnel and members of the community who are most susceptible. 

“I reiterate the rapid test kits were resorted to as a precautionary measure for us. The PRC (polymerase chain reaction) testing remains the gold standard for confirmation in accordance with the Department of Health rules and regulations,” Singson said.

Singson also reiterated his call to all residents to stay home and follow what the government and the health experts are telling. 

“We Ilokanos are known for our values of bravery and resilience. Let us remain cooperative, indiscriminative and stay home. With God’s grace, we shall overcome this crisis,” he said.

He added the provincial government is making use of every possible means there is to contain the situation.

“Our health force and the other frontliners have been working so hard just so everyone will be protected notwithstanding the risk of exposure. This is not just a mere work but a calling on their part for which each one of us should be grateful,” he said. 

Further, he said, “Together, let us thank our frontliners and health force for their immeasurable sacrifices. Let us go on fighting this war as one!”