23 repatriated OFWs discharged from quarantine in NegOr

By Jennifer C. Tilos

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The 23 Overseas Filipino Workers who arrived in Dumaguete on April 28 onboard St. Michael Archangel 2GO vessel from Manila. (PIA Negros Oriental)

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo confirmed that the 23 repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) have been released after they have completed the 14-day mandatory quarantine at an isolation facility arranged by the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) COVID-19.

All the OFWs tested negative for COVID-19 infection as reported by Dr. Liland Estacion, Incident Commander of the IATF.

The OFWs, seven of whom are residents of Dumaguete City while the rest are from other cities and towns of Negros Oriental, have now returned to their respective families upon release from quarantine Tuesday.

Remollo said all returning residents will have to comply with the protocols, including the requirement for a Certificate of Acceptance by the City Government signed by the mayor through the recommendation of City Health Officer Dr. Maria Sarah Talla with the consent of the Punong Barangay concerned.

Returning residents of the city must abide by the rules issued by the Office of Governor Roel Degamo to facilitate their homecoming.

The rules are as follows:

From Areas with COVID-19 Cases:
1. Certificate of Quarantine from RHU/CHU;
2. RDT with Negative Result;
3. Certificate of Good Health and Fit to Travel from RHU/CHU;
4. Certificate of Acceptance from their home-LGU with Conforme from the Returning-Resident for a Mandatory Quarantine in an LGU Facility upon return; and
5. LGU Vehicle to fetch returning residents from the border, seaport or airport to be coordinated by the home province.

From Areas With No COVID-19 Cases:
1. Certificate of Quarantine from RHU/CHU;
2. Health Certificate from RHU/CHU;
3. Certification of No COVID-19 Case from RHU/CHU;
4. Certificate of Acceptance from their home-LGU with Conforme from the Returning-Resident for a Mandatory Quarantine in an LGU Facility upon return;
5. LGU Vehicle to fetch returning residents from the border, seaport or airport to be coordinated by the home province.

The same requirements also apply to stranded senior citizens, minors, and pregnant women.

Dgte restricts movement of consumers under GCQ

By Jennifer C. Tilos

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo urged both residents and non-residents to comply with restrictions on movement and transportation to maintain the early gains in the fight against COVID-19 while the city remains under General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

Following the imposition of the “Easy Access Pass” for both residents and non-residents, major streets in Dumaguete City are less congested.

Residents from the 3rd district local government units (LGUs) were granted access to the establishments along with the residents of Dumaguete City to do their shopping and other transactions yesterday.

Non-residents are required to present their Quarantine Pass issued by their respective LGUs with the following schedule:

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for those from 1st and 2nd Districts
  • Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for those from the 3rd District

City residents with Red Passes are allowed to enter the establishments on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday while Purple Passes are scheduled on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Non-residents are not allowed on Sundays, which is reserved for residents only.

Health workers and emergency cases are exempted from the requirement of passes.

Enforcers are also instructed to strictly impose the use of face masks, social/physical distancing, and frequent disinfection.

Dgte gets COVID-19 rapid diagnostic test kits

By Jennifer C. Tilos

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Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo (right) with City Health Officer Dr. Sarah Talla receiving the donated rapid diagnostic test kits from Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation Inc. (Photo courtesy of City Public Information Office/PIA Negros Oriental)

The Dumaguete City government has received 350 units of Hightop SARS-CoV-2 IgM/IgG Anti-body Rapid Test Kits donated by entrepreneur and philanthropist Jean Henri Lhuillier, president and Chief Executive Officer of Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation Inc.

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo said the test kits will be utilized by the City Health Office (CHO) in testing suspected cases of COVID-19.

Remollo lauded the contribution of the Lhuillier Foundation, as the donated test kits will boost the work of the CHO in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

“But not everybody can avail of the Rapid Diagnostic Test considering the limited number of available kits,” the mayor said.

In line with this, the City’s Inter-Agency Task Force COVID-19 will follow the Department of Health’s order of priority as follows:

  • The first priority will be patients, including medical professionals and health workers, who exhibit severe to critical symptoms of COVID-19 with known travel history or contact to a positive patient.
  • This will be followed by medical professionals and health care workers with mild symptoms and known exposure to a positive patient, and all patients with mild symptoms of COVID-19 classified as PUI, who are known to be high risk with pre-existing medical condition and/or member of the vulnerable group with known travel history or contact to a positive patient.
  • Medical professionals and health workers with no symptoms (asymptomatic) but with known exposure to a positive patient will also be tested including patients with no symptoms (asymptomatic) with known travel history or contact to a positive patient.

Dr. Sarah Talla of CHO said the Rapid Diagnostic Test is to be used as an aid in the diagnosis of COVID-19, which is caused by SARS-CoV-2.

The test will provide preliminary results and negative results do not preclude SARS-CoV-2 infection and they cannot be used as the sole basis of treatment or other management decision.