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Ormoc records first COVID-19 case

ORMOC CITY – The Department of Health in Eastern Visayas has confirmed the first coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) case from this city.

Patient EV 49 is a 46-year-old male overseas Filipino worker (OFW) from Saudi Arabia who arrived in Tacloban City last May 27, 2020 via flight Z2 8570. 

The result of Patient EV 49 is included in the 90 samples released by Eastern Visayas Regional COVID Testing Center (EVRCTC) on Friday, June 5.

Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez expressed disappoint that despite their strict implementation of health protocols and border checkpoints for over three months, they have still recorded a COVID-19 case.

He shared this through a Facebook Live on the same day, after he just announced that afternoon during the city’s COVID-19 Task Force meeting the good news of the 22 OFW/LSI repatriates’ RT-PCR swab test turning negative.

The local chief executive had renewed his call for proper coordination from the agencies involved in the Balik Probinsiya and Hatid Probinsiya Programs. 

He also appealed not to send back to provinces those who are infected with the virus.

“Sana before papuntahin ‘yung mga tao sa kanya-kanyang bayan, i-rapid test muna natin, i-swab test muna natin before they leave the plane, bago sumakay ng bus. Bago sana makarating ng mga probinsiya malaman natin na ‘yung mga uuwi sa kani-kanilang bayan ay safe and hindi infected,” he lamented.

The official assured that they are trying to keep things under control with most documented and undocumented returning residents isolated in their designated facility. 

He also asked the public’s cooperation in informing them of any returning resident. In addition, no “lockdown” has been declared yet by Mayor Richard Gomez of the city but that for those going out, a Quarantine Pass is still needed when entering establishments. By Marie Tonette Marticio & Mary Ann Reusora

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