Bataan has second COVID case; rising numbers of PUIs, PUMs

BALANGA City, Bataan -- Governor Abet S. Garcia is urging Bataeños to cooperate amid the second confirmed  case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“The Department of Health has confirmed the second case of COVID-19 positive in Bataan. The patient, identified as PH303 M24, is currently being treated at a hospital in our province,” Garcia said in a statement.

“In the midst of this event, I again ask for unity and cooperation by following the set guidelines in the Enhanced Community Quarantine to prevent the rapid spread of coronavirus in the country,” he added.

Garcia said the Provincial Health Office (PHO) is continuously gathering additional information and is conducting contact-tracing for the second positive case of COVID-19 patient.

“PHO found that PH303 M24 was allegedly accompanied by PH64 M32 in a dormitory in Manila and had just returned to Bataan when he had symptoms of respiratory diseases,” he added.

PH64 M32 is the first recorded COVID-19 patient in the province who was confined at a private hospital last March 14.

“According to the latest health update, PH64 M32 continues to get better and may eventually fully recover,” the governor said.

He added that as of yesterday at 8:45 p.m., there were 4,475 persons under monitoring and 231 persons under investigation in Bataan. 

“I am asking the public to stay at your respective homes and practice social media distancing at all times. We want to avoid the increasing number of COVID-19 positive cases because as much as possible, we don’t want to risk our health workers, doctors, nurses and even our hospitals,” Garcia said.