Contact tracing underway in Pa’Dalih

Uggah speaks at the press conference. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: Contact tracing and further investigation into a positive Covid-19 case who is a resident of Pa’Dalih in Bario is at full swing, assured the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).

This came after the State Health Department was informed by the Sepang District Health Office (PKD) in Selangor that a Sarawakian from Miri had tested positive for Covid-19 on October 2.

“Further investigation and contact tracing was done by the Miri Division Health Office as soon as they received the notification related to this case from PKD Sepang, Selangor. 

“Contact tracing of this case involves all close contacts within the case’s family members, social contacts and colleagues,” said SDMC in a statement today.

To date, SDMC said a total of eight contacts have been detected around Miri and contact tracing in Pa’Dalih, Bario is being done with the help of the Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) through the use of helicopters.

“Estimated close contacts are 17 people. Based on the risk assessment of all residents in Pa’Dalih, the health team will take samples for Covid-19 screening among all at-risk residents. 

“All results for the filtered contacts are still pending laboratory test results and the cause of infection in this case is still under investigation,” it said.

SDMC revealed that the case had underwent rT-PCR Covid-19 screening at a private hospital in Selangor before returning to work at an oil and gas company in Iraq on September 30 and results on October 1 were found to be positive for Covid-19 infection. 

He was admitted to Sungai Buloh Hospital, Selangor for further treatment on the same day and was reported to have shown no signs and symptoms of Covid-19 infection.

It added further investigation shows that the case has been in Permyjaya, Miri before leaving for Kuala Lumpur on September 29.

“He also visited his family in Pa’Dalih, Bario, in the last 14 days before being tested positive on September 30.

“The last time the case returned from Iraq was on July 27 and had arrived in Miri on August 10 after completing a 14-day quarantine in Kuala Lumpur. 

“During the quarantine period, the cases underwent Covid-19 screening and rT-PCR screenings on July 26 and August 5 were both negative for Covid-19,” said SDMC.