ILIGAN CITY –– A 22-year old security guard of an industrial plant here has become the second case of local coronavirus disease (COVID-19) transmission in Manticao town of Misamis Oriental.
Dr. Jocelyn Bahian, municipal health officer of Manticao, said the patient, who did not have a history of travel except for his workplace here, turned out to be the 10th confirmed COVID-19 case in the town.
As a policy in the company where he was working, swab samples were taken from him on September 9 for the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test.
But the result, which came out on September 15, turned out positive for SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19, Bahian said.
She added that the security guard had been living in an apartment in Barangay Tomas Cabili here and used to go home regularly twice a month in Manticao before his RT-PCR test, Bahian said.
The patient went home to Manticao on September 12, riding a green Bajaj tricycle bound for Cagayan de Oro.
Bahian said the patient remained asymptomatic and had been isolated at the Ligtas COVID-19 center in Manticao immediately after the release of the PCR test result.
On September 10, a 24-year old job applicant in this city also tested positive for COVID-19, turning out to be the first local transmission case in Manticao town.
The company, where he was applying for a job, required an RT-PCR test before hiring, and his test results turned out to be positive for COVID-19.
The job seeker, who remained asymptomatic, has been admitted at the municipal’s isolation facility for the 14-day quarantine.
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