The beaches of Sipalay City, Negros Occidental, that usually are bustling with activity as the summer approaches are now empty amid the coronavirus threat.* Sipalay DRRM photo

DOH: Covid-positive cases
in city hit 7; PUMs warned 

Bacolod City now has seven coronavirus-positive cases, the Department Health  in Western Visayas  reported  late yesterday.

    The seventh COVID-positive patient is a 48-year-old male from Bacolod with travel history to Los Angeles, USA, and Manila,  and with hypertension and  polymyositis, the  DOH report said.

    He still has dry cough and is in stable condition, it added.

    The 48-year-old from Barangay Mandalagan is the father-in-law of a 28-year-old male COVID-positive patient from Doña Juliana Heights, who is now in stable condition, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said. moremoremore

Capitol conducts rapid testing
on PUIs, 66 found non-reactive

Sixty-six persons under investigation for the coronavirus disease in Negros Occidental subjected to the rapid test method Thursday were non-reactive for the virus, but swab specimens were sent to the Iloilo Regional Testing Center for official validation, former Rep. Alfredo Benitez said yesterday.

    Benitez, who is helping the provincial government in its battle against COVID-19,   said 36 more PUIs in Negros Occidental were also tested yesterday, for a total of 102.

    The official results of the swab tests sent to Iloilo will come out in a day or two, but they also subjected the 66 to rapid testing to give them an idea of their status immediately, he said. moremoremore


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'Give informal settlers jobs’

Barangay captains in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental are urged to help informal workers get temporary jobs offered by the Department of Labor and Employment.

    Informal sector workers, who have temporarily lost their livelihood due to the enhanced community quarantine, can apply for DOLE’s temporary employment program, dubbed Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Displaced/Underprivileged Workers (TUPAD).

    Local labor leader Wennie Sancho, secretary-general of the General Alliance of Workers Associations, said those in the informal sector are facing difficulties in availing of the social amelioration program of the DOLE.