Bukidnon’s 1st COVID-19 patient is from Valencia
MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.net/ 09 April 2020)—Bukidnon’s Provincial Health Office confirmed that a 50-year-old male from Brgy. Lumbayao in Valencia City tested positive for coronavirus today.
Valencia City mayor Azucena Huervas said that the patient became a person under investigation after he attended the 6-cock derby in Matina, Davao City on March 12.
The derby, which became a ground zero for coronavirus transmission in Mindanao, was held at the New Matina Gallera on March 7, 10, and 12. Previous DOH-11 report said it had drawn a total of 427 attendees, six of which already died from the virus.
The report said 139 attendees were from Davao City and the rest were from different regions of Mindanao and the country vying for the cockfight’s Php 26 million pot money.
Dr. Ricardo Reyes, PHO chief, said that the patient is currently under home quarantine and that his village is on lockdown. He added that an extensive contact tracing is being done so everyone who had interacted with the patient will also be isolated.
Mayor Huervas implored residents to stay indoors and follow the city’s quarantine guidelines. These include barring senior citizens and minors from leaving their houses and imposing rotating market schedules to limit the number of residents in the Poblacion.
Bukidnon has been under community quarantine since March 17. On April 8, Gov. Jose Ma. Zubiri Jr signed an executive order that will impose stricter quarantine measures in the province from April 13 to 26. The province will be closing its borders to both residents and non-residents in the two-week period. (See related story.)
As of today, PHO reported that the province has 34 persons under investigation and 1,411 under monitoring.