Baguio City confirms first case of COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 23) — A 61-year-old woman with a travel history to Italy is Baguio City's first confirmed case of COVID-19.

This was revealed by Department of Health (DOH) - Cordillera Officer-in-Charge Amelita Pangilinan on Monday. He added contact-tracing was ongoing and the patient's family was cooperative. She added the patient's condition is stable.

Pangilinan said as of March 23, there are 143 PUIs in the Cordillera region.

City Health Services Office Medical Officer IV Donnabel Tubera-Panes said, "Contact trace already done even before the result came in, all the contacts were already advised on what to do. And ang pagkiusap po namin [We are asking] with the City Government Unit let’s not underestimate the virus...Everybody is in the war zone, everybody is equipped, team bahay stay home"

Panes added people should keep a travel journal where they could jot down they places they visited as well the people they had contact with, so contact tracing could be done more easily.

Meanwhile, Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center Medical Chief II Dr. Ricardo B. Ruñez also called on the community to follow quarantine measures.

Stringer Lauren Anuma contributed to this report.