KALIBO, Aklan–Things are looking optimistic in Aklan.
In a report by the Provincial Health Office, 96 or 80% of the local COVID-19 cases have recovered along with all 20 returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) and locally stranded individuals (LSIs) recently back in the province.
As of October 5, 2020, Aklan province has 124 confirmed cases, including seven fatalities and 96 recoveries.
Of the 21 active cases, Kalibo claims the most number with 11; Malinao, 3; New Washington and Numancia, 2 each; and Banga with one.
Aklan still has pending swab results at the DRSTMH molecular laboratory and at Western Visayas Medical Center, a sub-national laboratory in Iloilo City.
Provincial Health Officer I Dr. Cornelio Cuachon, Jr. reminded the public to continue observing minimum health protocols, including the wearing of face masks and face shields, physical distancing, and regular washing of hands with soap and water.
LGUs in Aklan are urged to isolate patients with mild or no symptoms in a facility, following the guidelines by the National Inter-Agency Task Force against Covid-19, which discourage home quarantine for mild or asymptomatic cases to stem the spread of coronavirus.
Meanwhile in Kalibo, a 61-year old woman and her 21-year old son are in quarantine after contracting the coronavirus disease.
The latest additions to Aklan’s COVID count had a history of exposure to a COVID-19 patient who is presently admitted at the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital (DRSTMH), the designated COVID-19 referral facility of Aklan.
The patients from New Buswang, Kalibo, tagged as WV 12360 and WV 12361, are now isolated in a facility for their 14-day mandatory quarantine while contract tracing is ongoing. (Boy Ryan Zabal/INews-Aklan Bureau)