Seafarer from Florida is Sorsogon's first COVID-19 case

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 14) - A seafarer who arrived from Miami, Florida in the United States is the first confirmed COVID-19 case of Sorsogon province, Governor Francis "Chiz" Escudero disclosed on Thursday.

Romegio Cruz, 37, is currently confined at Sorsogon Provincial Hospital, Escudero said.

He previously stayed in a quarantine facility in Matnog town.

"He is asymptomatic and is doing fine," Escudero said on Facebook.

The governor said the local government has begun tracing and isolating those who have been in contact with the patient and disinfecting the facility where he stayed. People who were exposed to Cruz have been informed and given Vitamin C, he added.

This comes as a typhoon looms over the Bicol Region. Sorsogon and nearby provinces are under Signal No. 3, which means winds are strong enough to uproot trees, topple power poles, destroy crops and bring considerable damage to structure within at least 18 hours.