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MADRIDEJOS, CEBU PROV’S NORTHERNMOST TOWN, RECORDS FIRST COVID CASE
By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Friday, May 08, 2020

The town of Madridejos, which is the farthest town in northern Cebu Province and one of the three towns in Bantayan island, has its first confirmed Covid-19 case. 

The patient in Madridejos is one of three positive cases recorded for the Province of Cebu for May 8, according to Governor Gwendolyn Garcia based on the report of Dr. Cristina Giango, chief of the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO).

The two other new cases are in Talisay City.

In Garcia’s daily livestream report over “Sugbo News,” she assured the people in Madridejos that the patient from Barangay Pili has not returned home. After giving birth, the patient is already isolated at the Department of Health (DOH) Central Visayas Center for Health Development Covid-19 Center in what used to be the Sacred Heart School for Boys.

The school along General Maxilom Avenue (formerly Mango Avenue) was converted into an isolation facility for Covid-19 patients through the assistance of Dr. Bryan Lim of the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Disease. 
In Talisay, the cases are from Barangay Cansojong and Barangay Dumlog.

In a statement on his official Facebook page, Talisay Mayor Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas, Jr. confirmed the cases.

“We have two new positive cases. All coming from individuals swabbed from hospitals. One from Cebu Doc [Cebu Doctors Hospital] and another from Vicente Sotto [Memorial Medical Center],” the mayor’s post read.

“Let’s call them PT5 and PT6. PT5 is a 61-year-old female from a subdivision in Cansojong, Talisay. Swab came from Cebu Doc meaning admitted siya didto. After initial investigation we figured out mamaligya ang family og isda sa Pasil. But wala sila mamaligya sa Talisay,” his post clarified.

The rest of the post narrated that when PT5 was admitted in the hospital, the family went in strict home quarantine and didn’t leave the house.

“Nevertheless, we have contacted the family members. We will swab the family as soon as possible pending the go-signal from DOH because of their backlog sa test,” Gullas added.

Meanwhile PT6 is a 39-year-old male from Sitio Pagatpat, Dumlog, Talisay.

“After investigation we just knew that PT6 has already passed away. God bless his soul. Actually his test results came after he passed away. Gilubong na [siya] sa Cebu City,” he pointed out.

The only contacts PT6 has in Talisay are his two sons and his wife. The three are already considered PUMs (persons under monitoring). They are under home quarantine and are asymptomatic as of this posting. 

“We will swab the family as soon as possible pending the go signal from DOH because of their backlog sa test,” the mayor again said. (Eleanor Valeros)