The Department of Health announced yesterday that Negros Occidental has four new COVID-19 positive locally stranded individuals (LSIs) from Cebu City, while Bacolod City has one.
Rep. Francisco Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) said he was also informed that test results at the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital laboratory in Silay City yesterday afternoon showed that 21 more Negrenses, who had just returned to the province, are also COVID-19 positive.
“There’s a dramatic increase of positive cases that really stems from our continuous acceptance of fellow Negrenses coming home,” he said.
It’s a blessing that the current protocols and quarantine centers in Negros Occidental are equipped and prepared to safeguard the general population, he said.
“We must remember not to panic or fear the returnees, but ensure we all comply and abide with health protocols to make sure no local transmissions happen and Negros remains COVID-free,” Benitez added.
“We’re lucky that the COVID testing lab is local and the turnaround time is now relatively quick,” he said.
He also said we should congratulate the task force of Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and the protocols of health officials from the provincial government down to the local government units.
The four Negrense COVID-19 positive patients announced by the DOH yesterday were asymptomatic and LGU facility quarantined.
They are a 44-year-old male from Binalbagan, 24-year-old male from San Carlos City, 50-year-old male from Calatrava, and a 34-year-old male from La Carlota City, Charina Magallanes-Tan, Negros Occidental COVID-19 Incident Command Center spokesperson, said.
They officially brought to 47 the total number of COVID-19 positive cases in Negros Occidental.
Bacolod Patient No. 29 is a 26-year-old male from Barangay 1, who is facility quarantined, the City Health Office said.
ON 21 CASES
Benitez said the 21 who tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday afternoon are in quarantine centers.
He, however, said the details on the 21 have yet to be officially disclosed.
Their immediately being quarantined on arrival to prevent the spread of the virus means the provincial health protocols are working, he said.
“Our wish is that localities recognize their roles in maintaining protocols and proper home quarantine to make sure transmission pathways are monitored and under control so there is no local transmission,” Benitez added.
Benitez said he hopes everybody understands that the protocols of isolation and quarantine are part and parcel of keeping the general population safe and COVID-free.
He called on all returning residents to abide by the health protocols. When returning Negrenses arrive, they should not throw parties and roam around, they should rest in their houses to save the rest of the population from potential exposure, he said.*
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