10 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Zamboanga del Sur

RJ Rosalado, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 23 2020 11:33 PM

Ten new confirmed cases were added to Zamboanga del Sur's tally of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections, an official of the Integrated Provincial Hospital said Tuesday night.

Dalia Aseniero, the health education and promotion officer of Integrated Provincial Hospital in Zamboanga del Sur, said among the 10 new COVID-19 patients, nine are locally stranded individuals who came from Cebu City and Metro Manila.

The other is a male patient who is a returning overseas Filipino worker from Saudi Arabia.

The 10 patients arrived in Pagadian City on different dates and flights, between June 14 and 15, with the most recent on June 21 via commercial aircraft from Cebu City and Manila.

The swab samples from the patients were also taken on different dates but these samples were sent to Zamboanga City Medical Center's COVID-19 testing center on same day.

Their Reverse Transmission-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test results all came out on Tuesday afternoon.

Aseniero said all 10 new COVID-19 patients are under isolation in different municipalities since they arrived in Pagadian City.

She said that as part of their health protocols, all locally stranded individuals that found positive in rapid diagnostic tests should be put under mandatory quarantine for at least 14 days.

Some of the patients also manifested COVID-19-related symptoms upon their arrival in Pagadian City.

”May mga mild symptoms lang, 'yun nga nakausap ko 'yung nurse ng Labangan kasi gusto nila i-transfer ang dalawang pasyente nila kasi nga may mga mild symptoms na ubo.' Yung pagkuha ng swab noong June 17, inuubo na ang pasyente. May gamot na pero until ngayon daw ay nag-persist pa daw ang ubo niya," Aseniero said.

Aseniero said they are still awaiting results of RT-PCR test of other locally stranded individuals and returning OFWs who arrived in the province for the past few days.

“Alarmed pa din kami kasi hindi natin alam, baka may paisa-isa na non-reactive, pero hindi natin alam nagdevelop na sila ng sakit,” Asenior said.

Despite the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the province, this has not triggered any community transmission of the disease.

The first five COVID-19 patients recorded in Zamboanga del Sur all have travel history in areas where COVID-19 cases were recorded, while the rest of the patients were all locally stranded individuals and returning OFWs.

There are now 18 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the province, the second highest in Region 9 with Zamboanga City holding the top spot with 195 cases as of Tuesday.