TACLOBAN CITY – After three weeks, Leyte province has zero active coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) case following the recovery of two patients from Burauen town, the Department of Health (DOH) announced on Monday.
The second test result of the region’s patient No. 7 from Burauen town released late Sunday was negative for the virus, just 16 days after the health department confirmed that she caught the virus from patient No. 5.
Patient No. 7 is a 25-year-old female, a niece of patient No. 5, Leyte province’s 1st Covid-19 carrier. They shared the same room in Balao village, Burauen town. The rest of Leyte’s 40 towns remained Covid-19-free.
Hospital workers discharged the niece from Burauen District Hospital on Sunday. Her aunt, who was treated at the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center recovered on May 3. Both of them are undergoing a strict 14-day home quarantine.
“Contact tracing is done and we consider the case in Burauen as closed after taking swab samples of about 200 persons who had close contacts with the two patients. All of them are negative of Covid-19,” John Paul Roca, DOH regional information officer said in a phone interview.
The announcement of the first Covid-19 confirmed case in Leyte rocked the town of Burauen in the central part of the province. The case prompted nearby towns and Ormoc City to close its border to Burauen residents.
The 58-year-old female was found positive of the virus on April 17. The patient arrived in the country on March 9 from Guam and stayed in Metro Manila for two days before returning to Burauen via land travel on March 13.
Burauen is a first-class town about 40 kilometers from Tacloban City, the regional capital. The town is in the central part of Leyte Island bordered by two cities and eight towns.
Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the region has already recorded 19 positive cases.
Of all the cases, 14 of them are from Tarangnan, Samar; two from Burauen, Leyte; and one each from Catarman, Northern Samar; Calbayog City, Samar, and Catbalogan City, Samar. (ia/PNA)