New COVID-19 cases via community transmission


AFTER registering zero COVID-19 death for 108 straight days, Pangasinan recorded two new fatalities last July 21 and 23 when a 69-year-old male from Barangay San Jose, Labrador, and a 57-year-old male from Poblacion Oeste, Dagupan City died respectively.

The Provincial Health Office (PHO) said the 69-year old, who died at the operating room of the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital (PPH), had no history of travel in Manila or overseas. He is the 10th COVID-19 casualty in Pangasinan since the start of the pandemic.

He was admitted at PPH on July 21  but died however on the same day.

Meanwhile, the 11th COVID-19 casualty is a 57-year-old man from Poblacion Oeste in Dagupan, who was confined in the hospital in the past for at least five times for different ailments. He suffered among others, a hemorrhagic stroke as well as community-acquired pneumonia.

He was given a Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction test on July 17 at the Region 1 Medical Center and was confirmed to be COVID-19 positive.

The last recorded death happened on April 3 when the pandemic was just starting. The two new fatalities were among the 11 new confirmed COVID-19 cases reported by the PHO on July 21. This was considered the biggest splurge of COVID-19 cases in a single day.

With no history of travel in Manila or abroad, the 69-year-old man was believed to have been exposed to earlier COVID-19 case in Labrador, all of whom were asymptomatic and already recovered, hence, his is a possible case of community transmission.

Neither was the 57-year old male from Poblacion Oeste, Dagupan had any  travel history because of his repeated hospitalization. He was listed as the second COVID-19 fatality from Dagupan.

Another possible case of local transmission is on a five-month-old baby boy from Barangay Carosucan, Asingan now confined at PPH who may have been infected by a 23-year-old male relative living in the same house who was earlier diagnosed with COVID-19. The baby is now the youngest confirmed COVID-19 case.

Last week, a one-year-old boy from Barangay San Felipe East, San Nicolas, who with two siblings, a six-year-old and an eight-year-old girls, were infected by their COVID-19-positive father who transported them from Antipolo and Quezon cities, was then deemed the youngest.

Others infected possibly via community transmission are: a 32-year-old male from Barangay Inerangan, San Carlos City confined at PPH; a 50-year-old male from Barangay Banaoang, Sta. Barbara who was also confined at PPH .

Also in the active list are a  38-year-old male at Barangay Mangcasuy, Binalonan and a 38-year-old male from Barangay Bobonan, Asingan, admitted at a private hospital

Other possible cases of community transmission are on 73-year-old male from Barangay Isla, San Carlos City; a 34-year-old female from Poblacion, San Nicolas; and a 28-year old male from Poblacion, Basista.

In Urdaneta City; a 51-year-old male from Ruiza Longos, San Fabian, and a 45-year-old female from Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan City both confined at R1MC;

Included are a  32-year-old male from Barangay Alac, San Quintin confined at San Quintin Isolation Facility and a 30-year old female now confined at PPH, who were both suspected to have been exposed in Metro Manila; a 38-year-old male from Barangay Bobonan, Asingan confined also at a private hospital in Urdaneta, who arrived from Italy, and a 31-year-old male from Villanueva, Bautista confined at Bautista Isolation Facility who arrived from UK.

Admitted on July 23 were a 38-year old  male from Barangay Malimpec, Malasiqui  and a 23-year old male from Umando, Malasiqui  who were possibly exposed in the NCR and a 28-year-old male from Poblacion, Basista who was believed exposed to a local COVID-19 case.

Meanwhile, seven patients have recovered, bringing the total recoveries as of 6 pm on July 24 to 106 while 52 are still under treatment.

Officials noted that in the past, it  was only those who have a history of travel in Manila or are Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) in Manila brought to Pangasinan under the government’s “Hatid Tulong” Program and returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) were turning positive for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Gov. Amado Espino III issued Executive Order 0059-2020 providing supplemental guidelines for the MGCQ:

1. Persons aged 21 below and 60 above, including pregnant women, and those with co-morbidity and immune deficiency, and other health risks are required to stay home.
2. Curfew is still imposed from 8 P.M. to 5 A.M.
3. Tourist destinations and hotels are allowed to operate at 50% maximum capacity, while barbershops, restaurants, and eateries are allowed to operate at 75% capacity. (Leonardo Micua/Ahikam Pasion)

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