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E. Visayas records first 3 coronavirus deaths

THE DEPARTMENT of Health – Eastern Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH-EV CHD) has confirmed three deaths due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as cases continue to rise in the region.

The first COVID-19 death was recorded in Kawayan, Biliran. He is a 65-year-old male and a resident of Brgy. Inasuyan of said town. He is a locally stranded individual (LSI) from Manila who arrived last June 11, 2020 onboard a private van together with five other family members. 

Their swab samples were taken on June 14 wherein he tested positive for COVID-19. Patient EV 255 had existing medical conditions such as hypertension, congestive heart failure, and diabetes mellitus. He died on the same date when his swab sample was taken. 

He was then diagnosed with acute respiratory distress, diabetes mellitus type II, and uncontrolled cardiovascular disease. His death was COVID-related based on validation and review by the mortality review committee.

The second recorded death of a confirmed COVID-19 case is Patient EV 382 from Sitio Madapao, Brgy. Aguiting, Kananga, Leyte. He is a 47-year-old male and an LSI who arrived from Cebu on June 15. 

The following day, he complained of severe chest pain so he was brought to OSPA-FMC in Ormoc City. His swab sample was taken on June 17 and tested positive for COVID-19 on June 20. 

Patient EV 382 was then transferred to the City Unified Hospital (CUH) in the same city, where his condition reportedly worsened and had to be hooked to a mechanical ventilator. 

He expired on June 24 due to severe pneumonia secondary to COVID-19 and acute myocardial infarction. Based on the contact-tracing and investigation that DOH-8 made, patient EV 382 has no contact with anyone from Kananga, Leyte.

The third COVID-19 mortality in the region is Patient EV 238, who is an 80-year-old female and a resident of Brgy. Poblacion, Tarangnan, Samar. 

She was diagnosed with COVID-19 last June 16 and was immediately isolated in the Samar Provincial Hospital. Due to her existing medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma, the patient was referred to Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) on June 20. 

Her condition progressed and became severe. She also passed away on June 24 with a diagnosis of multi-factorial shocks such as cardiogenic shock, septic shock from community-acquired pneumonia (high risk), and acute kidney failure. 

DOH-8 said that it is the first local transmission of COVID-19 death in the region.

DOH-8 Regional Director Minerva Molon explained that the three mortalities have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes and cardiac diseases, making them extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. 

She added that the concerned Local Government Units (LGUs) meticulously followed the protocols in handling the human remains to prevent contamination and transmission of the virus.  “We reiterate that the best way to protect ourselves and the vulnerable group from this disease is to stay at home, keep yourself healthy, and practice the general preventive measures such as wearing of mask, frequent hand washing, practicing cough etiquette, and social distancing,” she appealed. By Marie Tonette Marticio

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