The Health Officials in Cagayan de Oro City announced three new positive cases for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during the city’s regular press briefing on Thursday, July 9.
The total number of cases in the city has now risen to 79.
Out of the 79 cumulative cases, 56 cases or 71 percent are ROFs/LSI, one imported case, one tagged in CDO but died in Davao, and 21 cases or 27 percent are identified as local transmission.
City Health Office Epidemiologist Dr. Joselito Retuya said that among the three new cases, one is a locally stranded individual (LSI) from Manila, while two others are returning overseas Filipino (ROF) workers from the Middle East.
The first new case is a 44-year-old male ROF from the Middle East and a resident in Calaanan, Barangay Canitoan.
He arrived at NAIA airport in Manila on June 26 and tested negative in his swab test. However, the man didn’t bring his test result. He traveled and arrived in CDO on June 30 via airplane.
The 44-year-old man tested positive for COVID-19 when he was swabbed again in the city, and is now staying in the Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility (TTMF) as of last night. He has no symptoms, and contact tracing is ongoing.
The second case is a 23-year-old male LSI from Manila and a resident of Barangay Lapasan.
He was staying in Manila since November 2019 and had two rapid diagnostic tests during the first and third weeks of June conducted by his company. Both tests came out negative.
The 23-year-old man arrived in CDO on July 1 and was brought to the city isolation unit. There he was swabbed and tested positive. Currently, he is asymptomatic and transferred to the TTMF for close monitoring, and contact tracing is ongoing.
The third case is a 47-year-old male ROF from the Middle East and a resident in Barangay Carmen.
He arrived at NAIA airport last June 26 and tested negative in his swab test. He was quarantined in Makati City for four days before returning home to CDO on July 3.
The 47-year-old man was brought to the city isolation unit and was swabbed. His test came back negative and is now transferred to the TTMF. He is showing no symptoms, and contact tracing is ongoing.
Dr. Retuya also reported that the focus containment in Barangay Agusan has now been lifted. There were no signs of Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI), or any unusual respiratory illness observed within the focus containment area.
The original case from barangay Agusan has recovered and returned home, while two of its direct contacts, who tested positive, remain at the TTMF.
Meanwhile, the focus containment in Barangay Kauswagan is still ongoing.
As of Thursday, the city has 56 active cases, six deaths, and 17 recoveries.
—(Source: CDO City Information Office)