Iloilo City records the first active delta variant case: Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, in a social media post, confirms that the local government has recorded its first active delta variant case in the metro. The case is an employee of a company in Molo District. Related: Vaccine in Iloilo City (Live Updates)
Here is the official report:
“The Iloilo City Government has recorded its first case of the more contagious Delta COVID-19 variant. The City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) reported during a meeting with the city’s COVID Team today that the case is an employee of a company in Molo district. This is an active case from Mandurriao who tested positive on July 9 and continues to be positive during repeat testing on July 23.
The 30-year-old male got himself tested at the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) after experiencing an influenza-like illness. His samples were taken to the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) for sequencing because of the high viral load.
The CESU received the report on the sequenced sample via email today from the Department of Health Epidemiology Bureau. He claims to have no travel history and no close contact in his workplace. The patient has not been vaccinated. The patient’s wife, who was swabbed on July 12, was also tested positive. The couple is currently on strict home quarantine. Their two minor children were tested negative and are currently staying with relatives.”
Statement of Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas:
“I ordered to place the residence and workplace under lockdown. Extensive contact tracing and RT-PCR testing for the patient’s co-workers will also be conducted. As this is a Delta variant case, we will transfer the case to a separate quarantine facility so we can fully monitor him. We assure you that the City Government has put in place measures to handle the Delta variant. We just ask for everyone’s cooperation as we are doing everything we can to contain its possible spread, including aggressive contact tracing and intensified testing.”