MAASIN CITY, Feb. 14 (PIA) -- As of this writing, the person under investigation (PUI) earlier posted on social media as having visited the province has been discharged, according to public health personnel, including representatives of the Department of Health (DOH).

“She was among the 15 PUIs all over region 8, number 13, who has undergone the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV) or corona virus disease-2019 (COVID-19),” said Dr. Verna Fernandez, provincial DOH representatives, when sought for updates at her office yesterday.

The “she” was the 83-year-old woman, a transient visitor from the United States and had a layover somewhere in China, who sought consultation in a local hospital, then referred to the regional health facility but was discharged for having cleared the required number of days for observation.

“So there is no more PUI in Southern Leyte,” Dr. Fernandez emphasized.

But strict monitoring and surveillance is ongoing, as the task force created by Gov. Damian Mercado steeped up its coverage to include the city, municipalities, and even down to the barangay levels, in close coordination with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)..

The World Health Organization (WHO) had changed the name nCoV into coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to dissociate the illness from names of places, animals, or peoples, it was learned.

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, Dr. Minerva Molon, DOH regional director, revealed in a press conference that out of the 16 PUIs in the region, 15 were already released following negative laboratory test results, or after having cleared 14 days of observation and were found in good condition.

The remaining PUI, a 25-year old lady from Samar, the 16th, who works in Jiangsu, China, and on vacation, is now isolated and closely monitored in a hospital, Molon said.

“Eastern Visayas remains COVID-19-free,” the DOH regional head said during the Suruswerte ha PIA radio program held yesterday at Dyvl Aksyon Radyo, hosted by Erlinda Olivia Tiu, PIA regional director.

The health department is calling on everyone to always remain vigilant and take precautionary measures on proper personal hygiene, like regular washing of hands with water and soap, and covering nose, mouth when sneezing

It also helps to boost the immune system by eating healthy food such as vegetables and fruits, taking vitamin C, and having enough time to rest.

Meanwhile, it was learned that the provincial health office will recommend that during the 499th First Mass anniversary next month, the registration of pilgrims at Padre Burgos port and other ports would be modified to include recent travel history. (nbq/mmp/PIA8-Southern Leyte)