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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, April 2, 2020
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Province starts testing 92 PUIs,
82 PUMs at Mambukal go home


Tests are now being conducted on 92 persons under investigation (PUIs) for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in hot zones throughout Negros Occidental, former Rep. Alfredo Benitez said yesterday.

The provincial government sent a team to conduct the tests, said Benitez, who has volunteered his services in the fight against COVID-19.

Many mayors in the towns and cities with identified hot zones have also began lockdowns, Benitez said.
As of yesterday, there were 53 hot zones in 24 towns and cities of Negros Occidental, he added.

Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said an area will be declared under extreme community quarantine, or a hot zone, if it has one COVID-positive patient, one PUI or at least five persons under monitoring (PUMs).

Residents living within an identified hot zone are not allowed to leave their homes for 14 days.
Benitez said that since they are having difficulty getting the PUIs to transfer to the Yolanda Housing Project in EB Magalona and are working against time, they are sending health workers to where they are to get swab specimens for COVID-19 testing.

The PUIs are in quarantine in their areas and if proven COVID-positive they will be moved to hospitals, he said.
Of the 92 to be tested, 66 PUIs are Negrenses from various areas, 20 are health care workers, and six are members of the family of a COVID-positive patient from EB Magalona, he said.

The provincial government will insure that all PUIs in Negros Occidental will be tested, he added.


Meanwhile, 82 PUMs held in quarantine at the Mambukal Resort in Murcia were returned to their homes yesterday, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said.
The 82 who arrived from Luzon on a special flight from the Clark International Airport in Pampanga had completed their 14-day quarantine and were delivered to their respective local governments.

Diaz said 38 of them were delivered to Bacolod City, 21 to southern Negros Occidental and 23 to the north.*


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