STO. TOMAS CITY, Batangas – Residents of this city was thrown into panic mode early morning Thursday when news about the alleged presence of a positive coronavirus carrier in one of the city’s 30 Barangays broke out.
This, however, all turned out a false alarm as the person under investigation (PUI) who recently came home from Japan turned out negative of the deadly COVID-19 disease.
In an exclusive interview, City Health Officer in Dr. Pedrito Mayuga said “Sto. Tomas City remains coronavirus-free and there is definitely no cause for alarm, no reason for residents to panic.”
What made Tomasinos panic was the sudden presence of Department of Health personnel in Barangay San Pedro where an overseas worker came home from Japan.
Mayuga clarified the presence of DOH personnel was part of a so-called “contact” tracing performed by the agency on the relatives of a certain person under monitoring and investigation (PUMI).
The name and other details of the PUI and his relatives were withheld as per DOH directive.
For his part, STC public information and promotion division chief Gerry Laresma explained and confirmed that there is indeed this person or resident under investigation (PUI) who recently came home from Japan but he later tested negative for COVID-19.
Laresma also added they actually invited the media to tell the people that there is no cause for alarm and to allay unfounded fears.
There is “no cause for alarm and to allay the fears of the public we made ourselves available for interview with the media,” he said.
“PUI kasi yung lalaki. Galing Japan, nilagnat nagpunta ng RITM (Research Institute for Tropical Medicine) sa Alabang at nagpa-confine na doon.”
The said PUI, Laresma said, later tested negative of COVID-19.
“Ngayon yung kanyang pamilya, yun ang umuwi ng Sto. Tomas kasi may rest house dito so dito muna sila nagself-quarantine,” Laresma said.
Negative on COVID-19 tests, the said PUI is also already scheduled for discharge from confinement at RITM Laresma added.
“Dito naman sa mga kapamilya na dito (Sto. Tomas City) nagself-quaratine, wala rin nagmanifest na may coronavirus so there is no cause for alarm,” said Laresma.
The presence of DOH personnel on the said Barangay was only a part of the agency’s contact tracing routine “kung sino ba ang mga nakasalumuha nila” he said. (iamigo)