March 3, 2024

Three confirmed cases have interrupted Baguio City’s zero-coronavirus disease-2019 (Covid-19) record for almost two weeks.

The latest Covid-19 positive case was reported on April 15 is 33-year-old Jonover David, a nurse at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center and a resident of Woodsgate Subdivision, Camp 7.

Most of David’s activities were confined at his home and at the hospital as a duty nurse at the Medical Intensive Care Unit/Coronary Care Unit of BGHMC except for a meeting at a friend’s house on April 1.

BGHMC Chief Ricardo Ruñez, Jr. said contact tracing is ongoing and precautionary measures have been in place at the hospital.

He said personnel who are doing non-essential services are excused from reporting to work, but assured essential services at the BGHMC will continue.

“We will be coming out with the list of individuals who had contact (with the nurse) and they will be subjected to a14-day quarantine,” Ruñez said during an online briefing on April 15.

The other Covid-19 positive patient is 77-year-old Albert Bumal-o of Maria Basa St., Pacdal. The patient suffered from stroke and was reported to have never left home since the enhanced community quarantine was imposed.

Then Bumal-o’s wife has informed Mayor Benjamin Magalong that their nephew who works in Thailand regularly visited them before he left the country on March 14.

She also admitted to have undergone a check-up for cough on April 2 and attended a cooperative meeting at T. Alonzo on April 11.

Magalong has reported that the wife of Bumal-o tested negative for Covid-19.

Baguio’s zero-Covid-19 record was breached on April 9 when samples taken from 46-year-old Rosemarie Cantong, a resident of Upper Dagsian tested positive for the virus.

The patient works as a street sweeper at Scout Barrio. Samples taken from the patient’s common law partner and their five-year-old son tested negative for Covid-19.

Baguio City last recorded a confirmed case on March 28.

As of April 16, Baguio recorded 17 confirmed cases, 12 of whom recovered while four are admitted in hospitals. One died of the disease, based on real-time posts on eGOV Baguio.

There are 18 probable cases, or those who turned positive on the rapid testing. – Jane B. Cadalig