The number of confirmed coronavirus disease cases in the province of Catanduanes rose to 193 last week, but the February total is less than half of the 38 cases recorded in the previous month.
Last month’s tally represents a huge, 60 percent reduction in new COVID-19 cases compared to January.
From Feb. 14 to 28, eight were added to the total, the Provincial Health Office said in separate updates.
Last Feb. 27, 2021, four new cases were confirmed in the province.
Patient Bicol No. 4759 is a 57-year-old female teacher from Virac who was noted to have loose stools and fever on Feb. 22 and was admitted in a hospital facility.
Patient No. 4760 is a 33-year-old female health care worker from Viga with exposure to a confirmed case. She was noted to have colds, headache, loss of sense of taste and loss of sense of smell on Feb. 24 and isolated.
Patient No. 4761 is a 53-year-old female government employee from Virac who was exposed to a confirmed case. She is was noted to have colds on Feb. 21 and was quarantined.
Patient No. 4762 is a 76-year-old woman from Virac who was noted to have cough, colds and shortness of breath on Feb. 22 and was admitted in a hospital facility.
A day earlier, on Feb. 26, one new case was added: No. 4755 is a 44-year-old female health worker from Pandan who is a close contact of Patient No. 4749. She had on and off cough and colds that started Feb. 22 and was admitted in a government isolation facility in Albay.
On Feb. 24, one case was recorded: Patient No. 4730, who is a 26-year-old female administrative assistant from Virac with exposure to a confirmed case. She was noted to have colds on Feb. 19 and was isolated.
This came after five straight days of zero new cases beginning on Feb. 18 when two new cases, both female health care workers in Viga, were reported.
These were Patient No. 4684, a 26-year-old who was noted to have fever on Feb. 12, 2021, cough and colds on Feb. 16, and was isolated; and, Patient No. 4685, a 29-year-old who was noted to have headache on Feb. 15 and was isolated.
Of the 193 confirmed cases, 172 have recovered, 12 are in quarantine and six admitted as of Sunday, Feb. 28.
The 18 active cases are in Virac (7), Viga (7), Pandan (2), Panganiban (1) and Caramoran (1).
Overall, the capital town has the most number of COVID-19 cases with 115, followed by Baras with 17, San Andres with 13, Viga with nine, Baras with eight, Pandan and Panganiban with seven each, San Miguel with six, Bagamanoc and Gigmoto with four each, and Caramoran with three.