| Officials of three barangays in Bacolod City have identified
“ultra-risk” areas in their localities to protect their constituents
from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said yesterday these barangays are Taculing, Villamonte and Singcang-Airport.
Already sealed off is a house in Rosario Heights in Barangay
Taculing and one at JR Torres Subdivision in Barangay Singcang Airport
, Familiaran said.
To be sealed off today is a house in Doņa Juliana Heights in
Barangay Taculing and one in Banawe Street, Barangay Villamonte, he
Liga ng Barangay president and Councilor Lady Gles
Gonzales-Pallen yesterday said they have temporarily sealed off the
house of a 62-year-old female from Barangay Taculing, who died after
being exposed to her 40-year-old son, a confirmed COVID-19 patient in
The Department of Health 6 yesterday said the 62-year-old
tested positive for COVID-19, bringing to six the number of confirmed
cases in Bacolod City.
Dr. Garce Tan, spokesperson of the city inter-agency task
force against COVID-19, said the female patient had travel history to
Manila and had cardiac arrhythmias and diabetes.
On Tuesday, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia issued
Executive Order No. 28, an order authorizing barangays to identify and
seal off ultra- risk areas under the enhanced community
Ultra risk areas are neighborhoods or homes in a
barangay with residents who may have already tested positive for
COVID-19 and have not yet recovered, whether they are in the hospitals,
or at home, or at quarantine centers; or may have passed away
with symptoms of the disease but without confirmatory test.
The order equips barangays with the power to identify those homes and
neighborhoods as ultra risk areas, and in consultation with the City
Health Office, immediately place the area under complete lock-down for
at least 14 days.
The barangay captains will identify and locate the
specific home address where these patients last stayed in, the EO said.
Immediately, the barangay officials and the CHO, with police personnel,
will conduct an ocular inspection to determine the extent of the
lockdown, it added.
In subdivisions with fenced houses, the lockdown may only cover the
residence of the patient concerned and all the people in that household.
In areas where the residence is separated only by a wall, the lockdown
may include the houses at both sides and at the back of the patient's
home and all the people in those households, the order said.
Assistance of the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERTs) is
also enlisted in purchasing the necessities requested by the households
involved, monitoring of any new cases emerging in the lockdown area and
reporting them to CHO.
The lifting of the lockdown will not be automatic but will be subject to prior review and approval of the CHO.
Meanwhile, a 42-year-old company driver died
on Sumday, the same day he was confined to a hospital in Bacolod City.
The driver, who traveled to Cebu and Bacolod, is the third death
recorded by the Bacolod City Health Office since the coronavirus
disease (COVID-19) pandemic started.
The first was a 60-year-old male with stage 4 cancer who tested negative for COVID-19.
There are four persons under investigation (PUIs) admitted and in isolation in hospitals in Bacolod City, Tan said.
There are currently 646 persons under monitoring (PUMs) in
Bacolod, while out of the 17 symptomatic health care workers with
history of exposure, eight had negative results and the rest have
*edited April 2, 10:28AM
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