Another Palau PUI tests negative for COVID-19; Patient arrived from Guam last month

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The latest Person Under Investigation (PUI) in Palau tested negative for COVID-19, health officials announced today.

The Palau Ministry of Health started monitoring its second suspect case last month. The PUI arrived in Palau from Guam on March 16.

According to the Ministry, the individual was admitted under isolation at the Belau National Hospital (BNH). The patient’s specimen was sent to the Guam Public Health laboratory for testing on Thursday, April 2.

With the latest results, Palau continues to have no confirmed case of COVID-19. It’s first suspect case was reported early March.

Palau MOH sent patient samples from the first suspect case to two off-island laboratories for COVID-19 testing. ROC-Taiwan Center for Disease Control’s Ku-Yang Laboratory issued the first set of negative test results on March 7. Hawaii State Laboratory sent its findings confirming negative results to MOH on Sunday, March 15.

In response to the good news, President Tommy Remengesau Jr., delivered a message to the Palau community: “Yet again we breathe a sigh of relief, as the results of our second COVID-19 test have come in negative.”

Remengesau Jr., added: “I would like to thank the Ministry of Health’s Emergency Operations Committee for their exceptionally fast work and professionalism during this investigation.”

He also recognized the assistance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and thanked Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services, and Governor Lou Leon Guerrero for assisting Palau in this time of need — even though ‘Guam has its own very serious situation to handle.’

In a release, the MOH said it continues to urge the public to practice preventive measures. These measures include social distancing and practicing proper handwashing.

FOR THOSE IN PALAU: If you are experiencing breathing difficulties, coughing, or fever, contact the Belau National Hospital (BNH) Emergency Room at 488-2558. For general information about COVID-19 in Palau, contact the MOH hotline a 488-0555.

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Here’s the MOH release in full:

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