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Caraga Steps Up Contact Tracing As Delta Cases Rise


CITY OF BUTUAN – The Department of Health (DOH) 13 (Caraga) said on Friday it was carrying out rigorous identification and contact tracing activities as cases of the Delta variant of the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and other worrisome variants continue to increase in the region.

DOH-13 said the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit is also actively coordinating with local health authorities to continuously monitor the situation in the region, where 39 cases of worrying variants of Covid-19 have been detected.

Of the 39 cases, 32 are Delta variants, three are Alpha variants, three are Beta variants, and one P.3 variant.

“These results come from samples sent in August 2021 to the University of the Philippines – Philippine Genome Center for whole genome sequencing,” DOH-13 said.

Seven of Delta’s cases were recorded in four towns of Agusan del Norte – three in Las Nieves and one in Carmen, Kitcharao, Nasipit and Cabadbaran City.

Eight Delta cases were also recorded in Agusan del Sur – seven in the city of San Francisco and one in the city of Bayugan.

In Surigao del Sur, 12 cases of the Delta variant have been reported – six in Carmen, two in Lanuza, two in Tandag City and one each in Carrascal and Madrid.

One Delta case was detected in Tubod municipality in Surigao del Norte and four cases in Butuan city.

Meanwhile, two of the three Alpha cases were found in the city of Butuan and one in Rosario, Agusan del Sur, while two of the three Beta cases were recorded in the city of Cabadbaran and one in the city of Bislig in Surigao. del Sur.

The only P.3 case was reported in Butuan City, DOH-13 said.

He noted that 34 or 87 percent of variant cases in Caraga have recovered, two of which showed mild symptoms.

Three deaths were also recorded – two were cases of the Delta variant while one was a case of the Alpha variant.

“Two of them had comorbidities, while all were not vaccinated, with no travel history and hospitalized with severe symptoms,” the DOH-13 said.

“With the detection of more Delta and other variants of concern in the region, we will not hesitate to remind everyone to actively participate in helping us end this pandemic,” said the director of DOH-13, Cesar Cassion, in the press release.

He added that with or without the variants, the management and actions taken by DOH-13 are the same.

“Minimum health protocols may have become routine for most of us, but we should always remind our family, friends and everyone to strictly practice these standards, such as wearing masks and face screens; wash your hands with soap and water; practice physical distancing; avoid congested, confined and closed spaces; stay at home and never go out unless necessary; boost your immune system and, most importantly, get vaccinated when it’s your turn, ”Cassion said. (ANP)


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