On its report today, the Department of Health Region 7 (DOH-7) confirmed that the newborn baby in Cebu City tested positive for coronavirus, making it the youngest patient with COVID-19 in Central Visayas.
DOH-7 said in a report that the presence of a newborn case in the region needs further validation on how transmission occurred since the mother tested negative. They assured that existing protocols were in place.
UPDATE (April 22, 2020): Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella reports that the newborn baby in Cebu City is already negative to COVID-19. Moreover, the baby is still admitted for monitoring.
With this, DOH-7 calls on all pregnant women to continue monitoring themselves in these times that put them at a more than usual vulnerability, to reach out to their care givers for any concerns.
Pregnant women belong to a special group that is at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 compared to non-pregnant women. Their pregnancy makes them more vulnerable due to the increased demand on nutrition and lowered immune system status as the body accommodates the growing fetus.
As of April 21, 2020, Central Visayas now has a total of 203 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 24 recoveries and 9 deaths.