NegOcc records 6th Delta variant case

San Carlos City Hall (Photo from San Carlos City LGU Facebook page)

PHOTO CAPTION: CAPTION: San Carlos City recorded the second Delta variant death in Negros Occidental. He was a 40-year old male returning overseas Filipino (ROF) from Bahrain. He died at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City on August 12 before the result of the genome sequencing confirmed that he had the highly infectious Delta variant./iNEWS

BACOLOD CITY–Negros Occidental recorded its sixth case of the Delta variant of COVID-19 today.

Based on the post of the San Carlos City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Monday, the province’s sixth case was a Returning Overseas Filipino (ROF) from Bahrain.

The report said the patient had comorbidity and succumbed to complications after being brought to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) in Bacolod City on August 12.

The patient’s swab sample was submitted to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Metro Manila then passed on to the Philippine Genome Center for genome sequencing.

The sample later turned out to be positive for the Delta variant.

Dr. Jessa Tiapon, head of the San Carlos City EOC’s Cluster on Health Management, said that upon receiving the patient’s results, they immediately coordinated with the concerned barangay where the patient resided and advised them to monitor the identified close contacts and resume preventive quarantine while awaiting further advisory.

The latest patient is the second Delta-related fatality in Negros Occidental following the death of a five-year-old boy from Silay City on August 2.

Earlier, Negros Occidental recorded four Delta cases: a 52-year-old OFW from Talisay City; a 21-year-old from La Carlota City; a 79-year-old woman from Pulupandan; and a 69-year-old woman from the town of Valladolid.

The four other cases, however, have all recovered and subsequently tested negative after re-swabbing.

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson believes the Delta variant has been around for some time but that detection came later.

“But it doesn’t matter what variant there is; the main concern is that the virus is still here. The minimum health protocols are still the same. What we need to do is discipline ourselves and modify our behavior,” he said.

Lacson also warned of another surge, pointing out how near Negros is to having over a thousand cases again. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNEWS-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)

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