By John Mahusay
Zamboanga Sibugay has logged its first COVID-19 death as confirmed coronavirus cases in the province have topped at 62.
In an update posted on its social media page, Sibugay Task Force COVID-19 has confirmed the death of a COVID-19 patient from Malangas.
The patient, according to the task force, died in a government hospital on October 13. It did not name the hospital.
As of Monday, the total recorded COVID-19 cases has peaked at 62 from 59 on October 16. Only 18 cases are active.
Quarantine protocol violated?
One of the three new confirmed cases is an Authorized Person Outside Residence (APOR), a private sector employee from Ipil.
The male patient, tagged as Ipil 011, according to Ipil Safe, Ipil Strong, has travel history to Ozamis City on October 3 onboard a private vehicle.
On October 5, he started to show symptoms such as “fever, chills, and pain of extremities.”
The 47-year-old APOR has sought medical consultation two days after. He was confined in a private hospital on October 8.
Records showed that he went through swab test before leaving the hospital on October 11. Health personnel placed him on “home quarantine together with the caregiver” after his discharged from the hospital.
The patient reported to his work in Ozamis on October 17, an act “against quarantine protocol.”
His swab test result, which was positive, came in Monday, October 19.
Health authorities have placed the patient in isolation, Ipil Safe, Ipil Strong said.
Ipil has recorded the second highest recorded COVID-19 cases in the province with 11 cases, behind by one case to Titay municipality.
Before the death of COVID-19 patient from Malangas, the province has recorded zero COVID-19 death since the start of the pandemic.