Vigan Records First COVID-19 Case: a Pregnant OFW

First COVID-19 case in Vigan

Vigan City in Ilocos Sur has recorded its first coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 case, a pregnant returning overseas Filipino worker (OFW).

Vigan first COVID-19 case
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The first registered case of the World Heritage city is a resident of Barangay Pantay Daya. Her results were released on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

According to the report of, the OFW had a sore throat and a slight fever when she already returned home last June 7.

It was later found out that she was positive for the infection after undergoing Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test. But in the last month’s testing, her result turned out negative.

The barangay where the first COVID-19 case resides was placed under lockdown by Vigan Mayor Juan Carlo Medina. Nearby barangays were lockdown as well.

The patient arrived in Manila from Taiwan on April 15. She checked in at the Selah Garden Hotel in Pasay City where she was isolated for approximately 40 days, which prompted the reason how she got the dreaded disease (after long quarantine).

It was on May 9 when she went through RT-PCR swab testing but the result was found out negative.

Medina noted that the patient was asymptomatic when she arrived in Vigan City on May 26 via bus along with other repatriated OFWs. She then went into home quarantine from her date of arrival up to June 1.

She visited a clinic for her prenatal and visited several buildings around the plaza of Vigan on June 3 and on June 7, she went to the Ilocos Sur District Hospital in Magsingal for testing and then to the City Health Office for initial treatment, after experiencing flu symptoms.

Meanwhile, the city mayor has launched contact tracing especially among the places that the pregnant woman visited.

Sinait, Cabugao, Narvacan, Sta Cruz, and Tagudin towns in Ilocos Sur were also included in the said contact tracing as per advised by Governor Ryan Luis Singson.

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