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By: Vanessa Almeda, Mylen Manto | Published Monday, April 27, 2020
Gov. Gwen Garcia calls on all city and municipal health officers in Cebu Province to conduct aggressive reporting on severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) and influenza-like illness (ILI) cases for early prevention as the province records its 4th Covid-19 case on Monday, April 27. (Lito Tecson)

Three weeks since the last Covid-19 positive case was reported in Cebu, the province recorded its fourth positive case on Monday, April 27.

The 17-year-old Covid-19 patient died at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, April 26, three days after he was admitted at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) on April 23.

Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia ordered the immediate contact tracing of those who were in contact with the boy who is a resident of Barangay Guadalupe in Carcar City.

Provincial Health Officer Christina Giango said the patient was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2018 and was admitted to the hospital "asymptomatic."

He was supposedly scheduled for dialysis due to his renal failure.

Giango said two days prior to his death, he was experiencing respiratory distress or shortness of breath so the hospital had to conduct a swab test on the patient.

"Subo hunahunaon nga napun-an ta'g usa. Ug ang positive case sadly has died," Garcia said. 

The patient was confirmed Covid-19 positive on Monday, a day after he died.

This is the fourth positive case in Cebu province after the last recorded case in Consolacion town on April 1.

Cebu's first positive case was last March 28 from Cordova town followed by a patient from Talisay City on March 29.

Garcia said for a long time there were no new cases in the province and with this development, there is no room for complacency. 

She urged all mayors, barangay captains and purok leaders to tighten the security of their borders.

With this, Garcia called the health officers of the seven component cities and 44 municipalities of the province to have an aggressive reporting of severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) and influenza-like illness (ILI) cases with the help of the barangay health workers (BHWs).

“Inyong reporting kinahanglan nga up to date. Plus I will be giving you quota sa inyo ILI and SARI cases. Prior warning ni ninyo tanan,” she said, adding this is being done to give early intervention.

As this developed, the Department of Health (DOH) 7 reported 32 positive cases in Cebu Island, two of which were repeat tests from Cebu City.

Three hundred forty eight (348) swab tests were ran by the VSMMC, a sub-national laboratory for COVID-19; of which, 316 tested negative.

Of the 30 new positive cases, 25 are from Cebu City; one from Cebu Province; four from Lapu-lapu City; and none from Mandaue City.

Meanwhile, Garcia will be holding a meeting on Thursday, April 30, 2020 to all CHOs and MHOs for the conduct of aggressive reporting of all SARI and ILI cases in their respective local government units (LGUs).

Garcia said the province will find ways to conduct massive targeted testing. (Vanessa L. Almeda and Mylen Manto)