MORE than a month after its first three Covid-19 cases have recovered, the Island of Siquijor has recorded one new case on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, after a locally stranded individual (LSI) from Cebu City tested positive for the virus.
In an advisory issued on Friday, Oct. 2, the Siquijor Provincial Task Force Covid-19 said the LSI and the fourth Covid-19 case is a 25-year-old female from Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City.
The Provincial Task Force said the patient had reportedly undergone the right process while still at the temporary holding facility in Cebu City and yielded a negative Covid-19 test result.
She arrived in Siquijor on Sept. 20.
After undergoing triage, she was endorsed to the local government unit (LGU) concerned. At this point, the patient did not show any symptoms of the disease.
As part of protocol, she underwent another swab test last Sept. 28 and the results came out on Oct.1.
Immediately after the result was released, she was taken out of the LGU quarantine facility and transferred to the Provincial Isolation Facility.
The other 71 LSIs who arrived in Siquijor with her tested negative for the virus, the Provincial Task Force said.
The Task Force also clarified that there is still no local transmission in the Province and asked its constituents to continue observing the prescribed health protocols.
Meanwhile, Infectious Disease Specialist Bryan Lim is looking at two possibilities on where the LSI from Cebu City could have possibly contracted the virus.
In a press conference on Oct. 2, Lim said he suspects that when the patient took the real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test while still in Cebu City, the virus was in its incubation period and still could not be detected by the PCR test.
Lim said it is also possible that the patient might have contracted the virus on her way to Siquijor.
The Emergency Operations Center has advised all LSIs to take the health protocol to go on home quarantine seriously, after taking the PCR test. (JJL)