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Rivers Govt gives details of third COVID-19 patient



Rivers State discharges one Coronavirus patient

A 61-year-old hotel manager, who attended to his boss, the owner of Mingi Suites around Rumuomasi in Port Harcourt who returned from Abuja in February, 2020 is the 3rd COVID-19 case in Rivers State.

The Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Princewill Chike, who made this known during a media briefing in Port Harcourt, said that the rapid response team was notified of the mysterious death of owner of the hotel last week.

Chike said that the 61-year-old hotel manager is currently being treated at the Isolation Centre.

He added that contact tracing has commenced and samples have been collected from high-risk contacts, while plans were underway to disinfect the hotel and its environs.

Professor Chike also warned private hospitals and pharmacies to desist from treating COVID-19 patients.

According to him, “In line with our targeted case search, one of the 5 results received yesterday night for Rivers State was positive for COVID-19.

“A 61-year-old hotel manager, who had attended to his boss, the owner of Mingi Suites, who returned from Abuja in February, 2020.

“The rapid response team was notified of the sudden and mysterious death of the owner of the hotel last week and decided to place all his contacts under watch.

“Once the testing guidelines were expanded, samples were collected from the hotel manager for COVID testing and his result is the positive sample for COVID-19 in the State.

“He is currently being evacuated to the treatment center for further management and all his contacts and timelines will be adequately followed up including necessary environmental decontamination as the case may be.

“Contact tracing has commenced and samples will be collected from his high-risk contacts for RT-PCR analysis while risk communication and community engagement will continue unabated as usual. Be rest assured, no stone will be left unturned.

“All health facilities should ensure strict and appropriate IPC at all triage points. The Rivers PHEOC will continue to provide updates and guidance while implementing all necessary measures to ensure public health safety.

“Therefore, no cause for alarm as the State Government is taking care of the situation.”

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