DOH: PUIs Who Died In Davao Tested Negative for COVID-19

The two Persons Under Investigation (PUI) who died in Davao tested negative for COVID-19, the Department of Health Region XI confirmed.

In an official announcement posted on Saturday, March 21, the DOH Davao Center for Health Development (DCHD) confirmed that two of the four PUIs who passed away were not infected by SARS-COV2.

The 71-year-old PUI, a resident of Matan-ao, Davao Del Sur, died of Septic Shock secondary to Peritonitis secondary to Perforated Peptic Ulcer last March 15, 2020 at Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC). The other PUI, a 68-year-old Korean national who resided in Panabo, Davao Del Norte, died last March 17, 2020, at the Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC), the DOH DCHD said.

The health agency is still awaiting confirmation results of the other two PUIs who died.

Meanwhile, the DOH also revealed that there are two confirmed COVID-19 cases in Davao City.

PH262, a 47-year-old male who resides in Davao City, has a history of travel in Metro Manila. He arrived in Davao City last March 6, 2020. Onset of symptoms, colds started last March 13, 2020.

His 47-year-old wife, PH263, has the same travel history and arrival. Onset of symptoms, colds and body malaise began on March 9, 2020. Specimen collection for both was done at SPMC last March 13, 2020 and sent out to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) on the same day.

The couple are asymptomatic and on strict home quarantine, the DOH said. They will be subjected for re-testing.