15 May Bicol Covid Update: Cases remain at 66 with one death

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bicol Region, as of May 15, remain at sixty-six (66). One death, however, was reported by the Department of Health Center for Health Development in Bicol (DOH CHD-Bicol) has been reported earlier.

Current active cases are 21.

Meanwhile, Bicol#61 died at 1:52 a.m., Friday, due to Acute Renal Injury. The official death certificate listed cerebrovascular accident as the antecedent cause, heat stroke as underlying cause and moderate pneumonia, dengue fever with warning signs and COVID19 as other significant conditions contributing to the death.

Bicol#61 is a 45-year old male from Labo, Camarines Norte. He was the 1st confirmed case of COVID-19 in the said province.

After experiencing symptoms on April 27, 2020, he was admitted at the Camarines Norte Provincial Hospital on May 4, 2020. Bicol#61 tested positive for COVID-19 on May 11, 2020 and was transferred later that night to Labo District Hospital, a COVID-19 facility. His 2nd swab yielded negative for COVID-19 on May 14, 2020.

Bicol#61 was buried immediately (within 12 hours after death) per burial protocol on infectious diseases. The patient died within the 14-day incubation period and supposed to have another test after a 14-day quarantine to determine whether he fully recovered or not. Two negative tests with 14-day interval are required to declare a patient as fully recovered. Patients that are discharged after testing negative and without signs and symptoms are tagged as clinically recovered and are required 14 days strict quarantine and another negative test result after, to be considered fully recovered.

Of the 65 test results released, 59 tested negative, 3 are equivocal, and 3 are positive (repeat testing). Bicol#47, Bicol#54, and Bicol#55 are still positive for COVID-19.

On negative results, Bicol #53, a 38-year old Filipino female who is a nurse now yielded negative for COVID-19.

Covid-19 cases in the Philippines is now 12,091 with 806 deaths. The country remains third in Southeast Asia next ro Singapore and Indonesia.

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