BACOLOD CITY – Kabankalan City in Negros Occidental recorded its first COVID-19 related fatality last week.
Mayor Pedro Zayco, in an interview with Aksyon Radyo- Bacolod, confirmed that the patient tagged as KC COVID #291, was a 34-year-old female resident of the city’s Barangay 6.
Based on contact tracing data, the patient first exhibited coughing and difficulty in breathing on October 12.
The next day, she went to one of the city’s private hospitals for consultation and was referred to a government hospital for an X-ray before being advised to return home.
On the morning of October 14, the patient was rushed again to the hospital for admission, but her condition rapidly deteriorated soon after, and she passed away later in the evening.
Prior to her passing, the patient underwent swab testing, with the results released on October 16 revealing that she was positive for COVID-19.
According to Zayco, the patient had no pre-existing health conditions nor travel history outside of the city.
She was immediately buried following standard health protocols.
As of October 17, Kabankalan City has a total of 292 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 162 of which are active, while 129 have recovered.
Barangay 9 topped the most number of active cases with 53, followed by Barangay 4 with 50, and Barangay 3 with 26.
The city also has 109 PUMs or persons under monitoring. (Eugene Y. Adiong/INews-Bacolod Bureau)