Southern Leyte, Misamis Oriental report first COVID-19 cases

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Tacloban City (CNN Philippines, June 12) —  The provinces of Southern Leyte and Misamis Oriental have recorded their first cases of coronavirus disease.

In Southern Leyte, an overseas Filipino worker who arrived there in May, tested positive for COVID-19, its local health department said.

The infected OFW, a 23-year-old male seafarer, is currently admitted at the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center, according Department of Health Region 8 information officer John Paul Roca.

Bontoc Mayor Jane Ruales announced in a statement on Thursday that the returning overseas worker arrived in their town on May 31. He was then made to go through quarantine in a facility in Bontoc, Ruales added.

Ruales said that they immediately conducted contact tracing after receiving the confirmatory test result from the regional health office.

He was among the 14 cases recorded in Eastern Visayas on Thursday, 12 of whom are from Baybay City in Leyte province.

The region has a total of 90 infections. Of this number, 35 have recovered while 55 are currently sick.

Eastern Samar is the only COVID-19 free province in Eastern Visayas.

Meanwhile, in Misamis Oriental, the province's first case is a returning resident who arrived in Libertad town on June 6, the local disaster risk officials announced.

The Provincial Task Force for COVID-19 said the 29-year-old male patient had no community exposure since he was immediately placed in the local quarantine facility upon arrival in his hometown.

He showed symptoms such as cough and sore throat and underwent swab testing on June 11, the task force added.

Authorities said they will transfer the patient from the isolation unit of Libertad town to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center in Cagayan de Oro City, a referral hospital for COVID-19 cases.

The task force assured the patient is not in critical condition.

There are only 13 provinces left in the country that are free from COVID-19.

Stringers Wil Mark Amazona and Alwen Saliring contributed to this report.