Capiz lists first COVID-19 case

ROXAS CITY—The Capiz Provincial Health Office listed its first positive COVID-19 case based on a laboratory examination result released by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) March 24.

According to Dr. Marlyn Convocar, Department of Health 6 Center for Health and Development director in a press conference in Iloilo City, one of the two additional COVID-19 cases in the region is from Capiz, who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, a causative agent of COVID-19.

Capiz Gov. Esteban Evan B. Contreras called an emergency press conference March 24, to deliver an official statement about the first confirmed positive case in the province.

He said that the patient labelled PUI No. 13 is a single 45-year-old male with travel history in Manila who arrived in Capiz March 2.

Said patient manifested itchiness of the throat, cough and fever 10 days later, prompting him to seek medical attention March 16.

Based on a Decision Tool, he was considered PUI and advised for hospital quarantine at the Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital here.

“With this significant development, we continuously assure our beloved Capiceños that we are doing all of our capabilities to contain and manage the threats of this dreaded pandemic,” Contreras said in a press statement.

Contreras also issued an Executive Order No. 12 ordering Enhanced Community Quarantine in Capiz beginning midnight of March 25.

To date, the patient is in the Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City for advance and appropriate medical management.