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70 patients in Western Visayas recover from Covid-19; health worker get infected

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Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in Western Visayas rose to 105 yesterday, the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6 said.

The latest case was a 32-year-old male healthcare worker from Roxas City. He is currently on home quarantine.

But there was good news, too – 70 of the cases have fully recovered, according to Dr. Ma. Julia Villanueva, assistant regional director. (https://bit.ly/36fLewK)

How the region’s Patient 105 got infected with Covid-19, was unclear. He had no exposure to a confirmed patient, said Villanueva.

The patient had a fever on May 14 and went to a hospital the following day for a check-up.

On May 19 specimens were extracted from the healthcare worker for Covid-19 testing. The positive result was released yesterday.

The total number of healthcare workers in Region 6 that became sick with COVID rose to 11, said Villanueva.

In DOH’s Covid-19 pandemic lingo, “healthcare worker” does not only refer to doctors, nurses, and medical technologists. They also include drivers of ambulances, emergency responders, and barangay health workers.