Capiz native dies of COVID-19

Capiz Gov. Esteban Evan Nonoy Contreras (second from left) asked Capiceños not to panic and stay calm after confirming that three other persons tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Also in photo are (from left) provincial health officer Dr. Leah del Rosario, Roxas City Mayor Ronnie Dadivas and City Health Officer Dr. Lorie Cahilog. (Felipe V. Celino)

By Felipe V. Celino

ROXAS CITY, Capiz – A 60-year-old woman is the first casualty of the corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) here.

The Provincial Health Office (PHO) in Capiz confirmed the death of the woman from Dayao village here and the hospitalization of a native of Mambusao town and a resident of Aklan at Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital (RMPH).

The confirmation brought the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Capiz to four.

The three new cases were confirmed after the Department of Health (DOH-6) released the official laboratory results from the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) Department of Pathology.

Nine swabs were sent to WVMC with three yielding positive results while six were negative.

Capiz Gov. Esteban Evan Nonoy Contreras revealed that PUI No. 22, a 53-year-old man from Mambusao has travel history to Manila and is in stable condition; PUI No. 32, a 60-year-old lady from Brgy. Dayao here, came from Dubai and Manila and died at RMPH on March 29, 2020.

PUI No. 33, a 44-year-old man from Aklan but working in Capiz province, travelled to Manila and has exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case.

The first positive case in Capiz was a 45-year-old man from Jamindan town who travelled to Manila. He was admitted to Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City and is now in stable condition.

At present, Capiz has 420 active persons under monitoring (PUM) and 4,898 terminated or a total of 5,318. The PUMs underwent hospital and home quarantine.