CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, PHILIPPINES — The City Health Office reports on Wednesday (February 2) seven cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant came from Cagayan de Oro City. The Philippine Genome Center confirms the cases to the Department of Health (DOH) on the evening of February 1, Tuesday.
City Health Office (CHO) medical officer Dr. Ted Yung identified the seven cases during the press briefing, Wednesday in the City Hall. Four of the patients are male and three are female. Their ages range from 27 to 62 years old.
Three patients came from Barangay Consolacion and one each from Barangay Carmen, Agusan, Kauswagan and Barangay 23.
Among the seven cases, one is a local case and two are returning overseas Kagay-anons. The four are re-tagged cases who came from the National Caraga Region and worked in a Cagayan de Oro-based company. All of the patients are also vaccinated.
The four re-tagged cases and the one local cases experienced mild symptoms, Dr. Yu said. Their swab samples were collected early in the year, January 7.
Meanwhile, the two returning Kagay-anons came from the US and Saudi Arabia. Their swab samples were taken last year, on December 21 and 25.
“All of them were immediately extracted by our health personnel after they displayed the symptoms,” Dr. Yu reported.
The results were released by the Philippine Genome Center to DOH Region 10 in January 31. DOH-10 later informed the CHO on February 1, the next day.
He also reported that all the patients have negative RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) test results and are ‘clinically recovered.’
Currently, contact tracing is ongoing.
Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno reminds Kagay-anons to get vaccinated, pointing out the recent Omicron findings in the city. Residents should also observe minimum public health standards to prevent the spread of the new variant. – WhatALife!
Source: (City Information Office)