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5 monitored for COVID-19;
Donít let guard down: Bing


Five persons, who have history of travel to countries affected by COVID-19, are being closely monitored by the Bacolod City inter-agency task force against the novel coronavirus, Dr. Grace Tan, task force spokesperson, said yesterday.

Bacolod is COVID-19 free since there are no more persons under investigation (PUI) in Bacolod hospitals, Tan said

“ We should not be complacent. Just because all PUIs have been discharged doesn’t mean we have to let our guards down. I believe that the same intensity of preventive measures we have been doing should not stop at all but should continue,” Mayor Evelio Leonardia said.

Tan said the task force held meetings with representatives of hotels and similar establishments and they passed three resolutions. One is asking all the hotels to have health declaration cards for all their guests coming in. Guests will be asked to declare their health status and history of travel for the past 14 days.

Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said they have standby funds at the disposal of the City Health Office and that their priority is to purchasepersonal protective equipment.

They also passed a resolution requesting all airlines to submit their passenger manifest of all connecting flights and another resolution asking the Department of Health for additional manpower for the airport and seaports, he said.

Familiaran said the School Board has requested for thermal scanners.

The CHO is monitoring all arrivals to Bacolod City while orientation and education training for Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) will be held on Monday, he said.

Meanwhile, Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson reiterated that he is hopeful that COVID-19 will not be a threat by the time Negros Occidental celebrates the Panaad sa Negros Festival in April.

Lacson launched on Tuesday the 2020 Panaad sa Negros Festival saying “we will continue preparing for the Panaad 2020 and will not allow the condition which might not exist in April dampen our spirits.”

However, Lacson said he is also cognizant of the possibility that the COVID-19 situation could get worse.

He cited the Department of Health warning that local transmission of COVID-19 may be inevitable, and to brace for the possibility of community outbreaks in the Philippines.

“I guess that is just a warning to keep us vigilant but I’m hoping it will not happen. For now Negros Occidental is COVID-19 free,” Lacson said.*


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