Cagayan de Oro reports 4 new COVID-19 Delta variant cases

Froilan Gallardo
Cagayan de Oro reports 4 new COVID-19 Delta variant cases
This brings the total number of Delta variant cases in the city to 25

The highly infectious COVID-19 Delta variant was detected in four more people in Cagayan de Oro, including a 1-year-old male infant, health officials said on Monday, August 16.

Dr. Ted Yu of the City Health Office said three women, aged 56, 37, and 25, were confirmed to be infected with the variant by the Philippine Genome Center. Officials were notified of the results on Sunday, August 15.

The infant, however, was brought to a neighboring city, according to Yu.

The women were found positive for COVID-19 on July 27 after undergoing tests conducted by their company.

Yu said the three women were subsequently certified recovered and sent home from an isolation facility. 

After the notice from the genome center came on Sunday, the women were sent back to an isolation facility run by the Department of Health in Northern Mindanao.

Officials said health workers had traced six of their primary contacts in barangays Macasandig, Carmen, and Balulang.

As for the infant, city government officials are already in coordination with the local government of the neighboring city.

The four new patients bring the total number of Delta variant cases in Cagayan de Oro to 25.

President Rodrigo Duterte downgraded the quarantine status of Cagayan de Oro to the more relaxed modified enhanced community quarantine until the end of the month, ending 31 days of strict ECQ measures. –

Froilan Gallardo is a Mindanao-based journalist and an awardee of the Aries Rufo Journalism Fellowship.

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