First 2 COVID patients recover in Ilocos Norte, no new cases in 11 days

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LAOAG CITY – The first two positive cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Ilocos Norte have recovered and ready to be discharged, the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC) in Batac City said on Saturday.

“Today, we are pleased to inform the public that the said two confirmed Covid-19 patients have already recovered and met the discharge criteria set by the Department of Health (DOH),” the MMMH&MC said in a statement posted on a Facebook page on Saturday night.

The hospital added that the two patients are asymptomatic, in stable condition, and had two consecutive sets of negative test results from Covid-19 as released by Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.

Dr. Marie Joyce Urnos-Santos, Infectious Disease Specialist of the MMMH&MC, however, said the two patients still need to undergo 14-day self-quarantine at home after discharged.

The MMMH&MC advised the public not to discriminate the recovered and discharged Covid-19 survivors as they pose no threat to the community after they tested negative twice for Covid-19.

The front-liners turned more restless while some residents became paranoid after the MMMH&MC confirmed on March 31 that the two middle age male persons from Sundagan, Paoay and Magnuang, Batac City tested positive for the dreaded Covid-19.

Santos reminded the public to cooperate with health authorities and continue practicing proper hand hygiene, observe personal distancing, and avoid going out if not necessary.

Ilocos Norte has no new positive Covid-19 cases for the last 11 days, according to the province’s Task Force Salun-at (Health).

The number of probable persons under monitoring (PUM) also went down to 481 while a total of 11,146 individuals have completed their mandatory 14-day home quarantine, it added.

Task force Salun-at is headed by Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc and composed of MMMH&MC, Governor Roque B. Ablan Sr. Memorial Hospital, PGIN-Provincial Health Office, and component city and municipal health offices. (PNA)

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