Camiguin records first Delta variant case

By : Bobby Lagsa Mindanao Today/09:33:24am 09/01/2021


Camiguin, considered as one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country, has recorded its first Covid-19 Delta variant case. (Photo courtesy of the Camiguin Provincial Tourism Office)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Camiguin has its first case of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) delta variant, Gov. Jurdin Jesus Romualdo announced recently.

Romualdo said that the Department of Health Region-10’s infectious diseases surveillance unit informed him Saturday night through a letter that a single Delta variant case was detected in the province following a serological investigation from which gnome samples were taken to the Philippine Gnome Center for sequencing.

“I wanted to formally inform the province of Camiguin there is one case of Delta variant. Last May, June, July when our cases were rising, the DOH also took samples by Dr. Dave Mendoza for gnome sequencing, we are being assessed every three months,” Romualdo said.

“Delta variant is four to five times more transmissible, it is more dangerous,” he added.

Romualdo said that sequencing yields a single case of the African variant (Beta).

The Beta variant (B.1.351), was first identified in South Africa but has been detected in at least 20 other countries.

Romualdo added that on the last week of July and the first week of August, the DOH-10 epidemiologist Dr. David Mendoza again took another sample from the RT-PCR positive cases for another surveillance of Covid-19 cases.

“We are being monitored by the DOH every three months,” Romualdo said.

He said that the DOH-10 has asked the provincial government to conduct an immediate investigation on the presence of the Delta variant in the province.

“Advisory for this still being routed, however, given the urgency of this matter, we are requesting the LGU to conduct the necessary investigation immediately and feel free to reach out anytime if you have questions or clarification of our resource support staff,” the DOH-10 said.

Romualdo issued a plea to the residents of the island to immediately report to the municipal health office if they experience any symptoms of Covid-19.

He added that such symptoms include but are not limited to: on and off fever, prolonged cough, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, body pain (malaise), shortness of breath.

“Please don’t try to hide it because you cannot hide it,” Romualdo said.

The governor also asked parents to let their children stay at home, to prevent the spread of the virus. “The solution is to stay at home,” Romualdo said.

“To our youth, please stay at home. Stop wandering around, you may get infected and you are still not vaccinated, and you may infect your parents,” he said.

“If you get infected, please inform us so we can take care of you, you will be treated. If we leave this alone, there is nothing we can do, what can cure this is the vaccine. We have not been short of our response we are always given (vaccine) allocation,” Romualdo said.

Get vaccinated

Romualdo had also asked residents of the island to get vaccinated as it is the only solution to stopping the virus and prevent hospitalization.

Camiguin has recorded 77 Covid-19 deaths and of these, 70 were unvaccinated and seven got their vaccine doses.

Romualdo added that the oldest person vaccinated is 102 years old, followed by 90-year-old residents who have no adverse effects after the vaccination.

“Before you get vaccinated, please check if you have a prolonged cough, on-and-off fever, please tell us. Now we have Delta, this is stronger, you need to be vaccinated, it is fast to be vaccinated here,” Romualdo said.

He lamented that the island has a steady supply of vaccines, but there are people who are hesitant to get vaccinated.

Romualdo said that aside from the regular daily supply of 1,500 Covid-19 vaccines from the DOH, the Department of Tourism is giving the island 4,000 vaccines next week.

“The priority is for tourism, I really wanted to open up our tourism industry here,” he added.

Romualdo said that Filinvest Development Corporation-Misamis Power Corporation is donating 500 AstraZeneca vaccines.

“Do not reason out anymore, get vaccinated,” Romualdo said.

Since the outbreak started in February 2020, Camiguin only has 364 Covid-19 cases with 5 confirmed deaths, but that change in July this year when it saw 144 new cases, a surge which is not been seen on the island before.

The virus has since then spread across the island with 1,263 cases with 1039 recoveries and 77 deaths.

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