Lingayen, Pangasinan – Almost hundred percent of the attendees of a high school reunion attended by a Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) positive last February 22-23 has been traced. They do not show any COVID-19 symptoms.”
Provincial Health Officer Anna Maria Teresa de Guzman confirmed this during a media interview on March 12, further stating “there is no need to panic and to fear of local transmission with reference to the visit in Lingayen and Dagupan City of an Australia-based kababayan, who later on was reported positive of COVID-19.”
Dra. De Guzman reported that the Australia-based kababayan has fully recovered from COVID-19. “Her family has relayed to Governor Amado I. Espino III that she is now in good condition (as verified by the Australian government), and has reported for work,” she added.
The provincial health officer, in a separate interview, stated a theory that the subject could have acquired COVID-19 during her stay in Manila from February 24 – March 2. Upon arrival to Australia on March 3, she was tested positive of the disease.
To allay fears of Pangasinenses, it was noted that the 14-day incubation period (February 24-29 to March 8) of the reunion attendees, who could have been infected by the subject, has lapsed; and no cases of them getting ill have been monitored by local health authorities.
“All reunion attendees living in Pangasinan have been traced and were monitored having no COVID-19 symptoms. Twenty of them who live abroad, and others who reside in other provinces were monitored as well and showed no symptoms of the disease,” Dra. De Guzman said.
Despite the fact that no COVID-19 case has been recorded in Pangasinan as of date, Dra. De Guzman has asked Pangasinenses to become extra cautious, and to strictly follow necessary (health safety) precautionary measures as advised by the Department of Health.
“Sa ngayon, tinututukan po natin ang ating public transport. Pinag-iingat po natin ang ating mga kababayan at panawagan natin na iwasan ang pagpunta sa Maynila kung saan patuloy na may naitatalang kaso ng COVID-19,” she added.
/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca (PIO File Photo)