Seven more died, confirmed active cases rise to 345


SEVEN persons died anew of COVID-19 in Pangasinan making the number of active cases to 335 as of 9 a.m. on October 2.

A 34-year-old woman from Dagupan City with symptoms of sore throat, colds and a body malaise was diagnosed to be positive for COVID-19 and died on October 1, becoming the seventh patient to have died in one week as the number of active cases now ballooned to 343 as of 9 a. m. on October 2.

For the period September 25 to October 2 alone, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) recorded 173 new confirmed COVID-19 cases recorded against 124 others that recovered.

The seven deaths were the highest death tallied in a week’s time since the pandemic hit Pangasinan.

Among the new cases was a 21-day-old baby boy from Urdaneta who was diagnosed to be afflicted with COVID-19 on September 26, the youngest case in the province yet. He was however found to be asymptomatic and had to be confined at the Urdaneta isolation  facility.

Of the 343 active cases tallied by the PHO, at least 232 were from the 40 towns and cities in the province and 111 or about one-half, from Dagupan City, making the city as the epicenter of the pandemic in Pangasinan.

As of October 2, only nine towns remain COVID-free.

Meanwhile, the recovery of 124 patients last week brought the number of patients that have so far recovered to 597 while the addition of seven new fatalities, the COVID-19’s death toll in Pangasinan has risen to 34.

Among the latest to die from the coronavirus disease was a 74-year-old woman from Sta. Barbara who was diagnosed as asymptomatic but died September 30, after six days at the town’s isolation facility

The two patients that died on September 28 were a 65-year-old man from Mapandan who had a fever and a heart ailment and a 67-year-old man from Mangaldan who had a cough and suffered from hypertension. Both were admitted at the Region 1 Medical Center in Dagupan City.

The fourth fatality was a 43-year-old woman from Infanta who died on September 26. She had sore throat, cough and loose bowel movement when she was admitted at the town’s isolation facility on September 18;

The fifth and sixth fatalities were from Binmaley who both died on September 25, The two are a 73-year-old asymptomatic patient who was admitted to the town’s isolation facility on September 18, while the other was an 86-year-old woman who had a headache, weakness of breath and hypertension when she was admitted in a hospital on September 17.

It can be gleaned from  the data that most of those found afflicted with COVID-19 were asymptomatic and were confined at LGU isolation facilities.

Dr. Anna de Guzman, provincial health officer, pointed to the unregulated entries of Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APORs) as the carriers of the virus and caused the recent surge of cases in the province. (Leonardo Micua)

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