BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Negros Occidental logged its second fatality on highly-contagious COVID-19 Delta variant, a 40-year Returning Overseas Filipino.
San Carlos City Mayor Renato Gustilo reported that the ROF from Bahrain, with comorbidity, died due to complications on Aug. 12 at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City.
The detection of COVID-19 Delta variant from a mortality case in San Carlos City was confirmed by the Philippine Genome Center, which result was relayed by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine to the Provincial Health Office and San Carlos City Emergency Operations Center for COVID-19.
Gustilo said that the ROF arrived three to four months ago in San Carlos City, after being quarantined in Metro Manila, upon arrival from Middle East. He went home after being tested negative for the virus, the mayor said.
A few days later, the ROF who developed a COVID-19 symptom was brought to the CLMRH for treatment. The result of the first RT-PCR testing yielded a negative result, but yielding a positive on the second swabbed test.
The first Delta variant fatality was a 9-year-old boy in Silay City.
There are now six cases of Delta variant in Negros Occidental, with four already recovered, and 10 others in highly-urbanized Bacolod City.
Gustilo said the two of the close contacts of the ROF, while tested positive during RT-PCR testing, have already recovered. But Gustilo said he instructed the City Health Office to monitor closely the family and close contacts of the ROF.*