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Castillejos Man Dies Before Release Of Test Result, Found COVID-19+

by Louella G. Vizcocho

CASTILLEJOS, Zambales — TWO DAYS after his death, the test on a 90-year-old male from this town revealed that he was positive for the Wuhan Virus (COVID-19).

“The result of the test was was released today, March 29,” Zambales Gov. Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr., head of the Provincial Inter-Agency Task force (PIATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease, said in an official statement, “the victim who died last March 27, is a resident of Castillejos, Zambales, and had no history of travel nor contact with any COVID-19 positive, PUI (Person Under Investigation) or PUM (Person Under Monitoring).”

His body was cremated at the Olongapo Crematorium the day after his death, according to Gov. Ebdane.

Zambales now has 3 confirmed positive cases of the Virus, one confined at the President Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Hospital in Iba, Zambales, another at Baypointe Hospital in the Subic Bay Freeport, and the latest victim from Castillejos, who was also confined at Baypointe Hospital until he passed on Friday.

Olongapo City’s lone COVID-19 positive case to date is also presently confined at Baypointe Hospital, thus, making four (4) the total number of positive cases registered in the Zambales-Olongapo-Subic Freeport area.

Castillejos Town Mayor Eleonor D. Dominguez said the town’s COVID-19 positive case should serve as a warning to her constituents to comply with the implementation of the Enhanced Home Quarantine.

“Ang atin pong pumanaw na kababayan ay hindi nagkaroon ng kahit anong pagkakataon na nakisalamuha sa kahit sino na mula sa labas ng Bayan ng Castillejos, nangangahulugan po na meron na pong local transmission na maaaring dumapo kanino man,” Dominguez said.

In Olongapo City, a PUI from Bgy. Banicain who died last week tested negative for COVID-19, also days before the test result came out. The City Information Office said the cause of death was Pneumonia.

According to City Mayor Rolen C. Paulino, Jr., as of 5pm today, Olongapo City has one (1) COVID-19 positive, 36 PUI and 434 PUM.

“Patuloy po nating panatilihing malinis ang ating pangangatawan at kapaligiran,” Mayor Paulino reminded his constituents, “Atin din pong striktong sundin ang Home Quarantine para sa kapakanan natin, ng ating mga mahal sa buhay at ng ating mga kababayan.” (Louella G. Vizcocho )

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