THE PROVINCE of Capiz has recorded its first two local confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) Delta variant.
In a statement on August 6, Governor Esteban Evan Contreras and acting Provincial Health Officer Ramon Alex Nolasco said the result came from the Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) released by the University of the Philippines-Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC) and was forwarded by the Department of Health—Western Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH-WVCHD).
Based on the report, the first case was a 59-year-old female from Jamindan. Her specimen was collected on July 14 and had recovered from the virus on July 22. She also did not travel outside the province during the month.
The second case was a 36-year-old male from Tapaz. His specimen collection was on July 14, while he was said to recover from the virus on July 27. He also had not travel outside of the province during the month.
The said cases were properly coordinated with their respective local government units and were managed accordingly, the statement said.
The Provincial Health Office along with the 17 local health offices, 10 hospitals, and two molecular laboratories in the province of Capiz is continuously intensifying its regular request for WGS procedures among qualified individuals as per existing guidelines of the DOH, the statement added.
“With this unfortunate event, we continuously assure our beloved Capiznons that we are doing all of our capabilities to contain and manage the threats of this variant in our province. We continue to appeal to our partners, stakeholders,
fellow leaders, and the general public to unceasingly support our local initiatives in our fight against COVID-19, especially our ongoing vaccination program among our priority eligible target populations,” they said.*