ILOILO CITY – A 51-year-old woman from Guimbal town, Iloilo province, a close contact of Panay’s first coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patient, has recovered from the disease.
Dr. Ma. Sophia Pumones, local health support division head of the Department of Health – Center for Health Development 6 (Western Visayas), on Friday confirmed the patient’s recovery, bringing the region’s total recoveries to eight.
“We have an additional recovery, which brings our recoveries to eight. She (newly-recovered patient) is WV18 (Western Visayas Patient 18) from Guimbal, close contact of WV2,” Pumones said in a virtual press conference.
Dr. Jay Dorin, Guimbal’s municipal health officer, said the woman was asymptomatic and had observed strict home quarantine.
She was swabbed for repeat Covid-19 testing on April 12 and the result was released by the Western Visayas Medical Center sub-national laboratory on April 16.
She was the helper of the 65-year-old man who survived the disease and was discharged from the hospital on April 12.
She was put on strict home quarantine last March 18 after she was exposed to her employer on March 17.
“She had not taken any medication and just recovered from the disease. Maybe she has (a) good immune system,” Dorin said in a phone interview.
He said the two newly-recovered patients are still observing home quarantine in separate houses.
Aside from the two, Guimbal’s other Covid-19-positive patient, a 58-year-old male, had succumbed to the disease last March 31.
To date, the town is awaiting three Covid-19 test results.
Dorin said two individuals were subjected to tests since they were exposed to Guimbal’s Covid-19 fatality while the other one was exposed to a Covid-19-positive patient in Pavia town.
The town of Guimbal continues its defense against the spread of the virus by implementing the mandatory wearing of face masks in public places and strict compliance with social distancing protocols, he said.
“We continue our cooperation. We remain very vigilant and not complacent,” he added. (PNA)