The wife of the 38-year-old male who earlier tested positive of the COVID-19 Omicron variant works in a business process outsourcing company in Bacolod City, based on the contact tracing report provided by the Emergency Operation Center.
Dr. Rosalie Deocampo, EOC-TF cluster head for contact-tracing, said the patient’s repeat RT-PCR result turned positive early this evening, January 3, with a cycle threshold of 36.7, which means that he is less infectious
The patient is a resident of Mindanao, while the wife is from Pampanga, who arrived in Bacolod on December 5, and applied for work at a local BPO firm and was accepted as a call center agent.
But the EOC official said that her co-workers at the BPO company should not be alarmed because her last day of reporting was on December 29, 2 days before she had a contact with her infected husband.
Dec. 12: The 38-year old ROF from Mindanao had his RT PCR test in Florida, USA that yielded negative result.
Dec. 13: He traveled from Miami to New York, where he started his 15-hour journey to Manila.
Dec. 15: The ROF arrived in Manila at 5 a.m. and checked in at Century Park Hotel in Malate which is an OWWA-accredited quarantine facility.
Dec. 17: He developed symptoms, specifically sore throat, cough and colds. He blamed, at first, the hot chocolate he ingested to have caused the symptoms.
Dec. 19: He underwent the mandatory RT-PCR test required on the fifth day after arrival. He was already symptomatic.
Dec. 20: His RT-PCR yielded positive result
Dec. 24: The infected ROF was transferred to another Malate hotel that serves as an OWWA isolation facility for positive patients.
Dec. 31: He was released from isolation by the doctor at the facility, saying he had already fully recovered. He was then allowed to board his Manila-Bacolod Silay flight and was fetched by his wife at the airport.
Doctors also noted that the patient had been asymptomatic from Dec. 20 to Jan. 3.