By Resty Cayubit I Published: June 25. 2020
PALO, Leyte — All the six provinces in Eastern Visayas are no longer free of the coronavirus disease or COVID-19 after the province of Eastern Samar recorded its first positive patient.
Health Regional Director Minerva Molon, in an interview, said one case of COVID-19 has been reported from Mercedes town, Eastern Samar, making the province no longer free of the coronavirus disease.
This makes Eastern Samar the last province in Eastern Visayas now with a resident infected with the virus, the Department of Health regional office (DOH-8) based in this town, reported.
The first confirmed COVID-19 case this province is a 30-year old male overseas Filipino worker (OFW) from Mercedes town.
He arrived in Cebu but was stranded due to the lockdown imposed by the government.
On June 6, the patient traveled from Cebu to Hilongos via ship before he was transported to Tacloban City via a shuttle van the next day.
From Tacloban, on June 7, the OFW was ferried by a Mercedes LGU vehicle where he was immediately tested and committed to an isolation facility. The positive results came out June 14.
Immediately, all direct contacts were traced and have already been placed on isolation awaiting swab testing.
The OFW, who was then brought again to the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center in Tacloban, is presently in stable condition.
Molon said that this first COVID-19 case from the province of Eastern Samar accounts as part of the 67 confirmed cases released by Eastern Visayas Regional COVID-19 Testing Center (EVRCTC), based in Tacloban City, last June 14.
“These 67 positives were from the 245 released sample test results of EVRCTC wherein 178 were negative and 67 positives for COVID-19.
“Of the 67 confirmed cases, 66 are new cases while one is a re-swab of EV-49 from Ormoc City,” confirmed Molon.