By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The province of Negros Occidental has recorded its sixth case of the Delta variant of COVID-19.
Based on information posted on social media by the San Carlos City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) yesterday morning, the province’s sixth Delta case is a returning overseas Filipino (ROF) originating from Bahrain.
According to the city’s EOC, the patient who was noted to have a comorbidity succumbed to complications brought by COVID-19 last August 12 at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) in Bacolod City.
The patient’s swab sample was taken to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Metro Manila, after which it was passed to the Philippine Genome Center for genome sequencing.
The sample later turned out positive for the Delta variant.
Dr. Jessa Tiapon, head of the San Carlos City EOC’s Cluster on Health Management, said upon receiving the patient’s results, they immediately coordinated with the concerned barangay in San Carlos City where the patient resides and advised them to monitor the close contacts and resume preventive quarantine while awaiting for further advisory.
The latest patient is the second Delta-related fatality in Negros Occidental following the death of a five-year-old boy from Silay City on August 2.
Previously, Negros Occidental also recorded four other Delta cases, a 52-year-old OFW from Talisay City; a 21-year-old from La Carlota City; a 79-year-old woman from Pulupandan; and a 69-year-old woman from the town of Valladolid. They have all recovered and subsequently tested negative for the virus after undergoing re-swab./DGB, WDJ