A nurse attending to a coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) positive engineer-patient at the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center (CRMC) here was also tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), health officials here said on Sunday.
The infected nurse and five other persons were the latest Covid-19 patients in Region 12 (Soccsksargen).
“She is asymptomatic and in stable condition,” Dr. Meyasser Patadon, Cotabato City health chief, told reporters here, adding the nurse is now isolated at the CRMC isolation facility.
The 23-year-old female nurse, the second CRMC health worker infected with the virus, was exposed to Cotabato City’s Patient No. 23, a service engineer from Las Piñas working in one of the isolation facilities inside the hospital compound who was tested positive for the disease on July 22.
The first CRMC nurse who tested positive of Covid-19 was a 36-year-old female who belonged to the first batch of CRMC health front-liners subjected to RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) tests due to possible local transmission.
Major services of the CRMC had been shut down for decontamination and disinfection, including the ICU, outpatient department and emergency rooms, according to Dr. Helen Yambao, CRMC chief, after front-liners were exposed to patients who were admitted for non-Covid-related diseases but later turned out positive for Covid-19.
Only emergencies and life-threatening cases are admitted to CRMC in the next two weeks since July 23.
Across the region, five other persons tested positive for the virus — three from General Santos City and one each in Sultan Kudarat and North Cotabato, raising the total number of patients region-wide to 204 with 98 patients having recovered from the infection or a 48 percent recovery rate.
As of Saturday night, DOH-Soccsksargen reported that Sarangani has the highest number of positive patients with 46, followed by South Cotabato (40), North Cotabato (33), Sultan Kudarat (33), Cotabato City (26), and General Santos City (26).
In addition, the regional health office said ten patients have recovered from the virus. Four of them were from Sarangani; South Cotabato (two); North Cotabato (two); and one each from Sultan Kudarat province and General Santos City.
In the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), the region’s Ministry of Health reported six new confirmed cases, raising the region’s total number of positive patients to 429 with 133 patients having recovered or 31 percent recovery rate.
Dr. Safrullah Dipatuan, BARMM health minister, said Lanao del Sur and Marawi City remained to be on top with the most number of patients at 177 or 41 percent of the total patients. (PNA)