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3 Bacolod barangays
identify ultra risk areas
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
 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 added.

    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 serious condition.

   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 quarantine ECQ.

    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 pending results.*CGS

 *edited April 2, 10:28AM

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