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.

Dgte opens 40-bed community isolation facility

By Jennifer C. Tilos

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Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo (right) giving instructions to personnel of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office for proper management of the community isolation facility. (Photo from Dumaguete City PIO /PIA Negros Oriental)

he Dumaguete City government has launched a 40-bed community isolation center for 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients at City High School Gymnasium.

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, chairperson of the Inter-Agency Task Force COVID-19, inspected the isolation facility with 40 cubicles ready to accept persons with influenza-like illness (PPI).

The center has complete amenities to serve the basic needs of PPIs who will be monitored 24/7 by personnel from the City Health Office and City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

The center is equipped with necessary equipment for proper management of the patients, including sanitation tents, disinfection system, and nurse’s station with computers.

The city government facility is also complete with 24-hour health workers, food, wide screen monitor cable TV, and internet access.

City Health Officer Dr. Maria Sarah Talla said at present, no person under monitoring has exhibited influenza-like illness and there a no more PUMs or persons under monitoring in 22 of the 30 component barangays in the city.

Nevertheless, Remollo is optimistic that if the public will continue to cooperate with the authorities by following the stay-at-home policy of the Enhanced Community Quarantine, the city will remain free from local transmission of COVID-19.

Present during the ocular inspection of the center were Vice-Mayor Alan Gel Cordova, Councilors Karissa Tolentino-Maxino, Manuel Sagarbarria, Joe Kenneth Arbas, Michael Bandal, Edgar Lentorio Jr., Agustin Miguel Perdices, Bernice Elmaco, Rosel Erames and Liga ng mga Barangay President Dionie Amores. (With reports from CPIO Dems Demecillo)

NegOr Guv reiterates call for public cooperation vs COVID-19

By Jennifer C. Tilos

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 Gov. Roel Degamo (center) calling on local officials to step up during the crisis and be guided of the regulations under the ehanced community quarantine in a press briefing with Provincial Information Officer Bimbo Miraflor (left) and Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion (right). (PIA Negros Oriental)

Gov. Roel Degamo has called on the public once again to follow all precautionary measures against COVID-19 as the province enters its fifth day of Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in the province.

In a press briefing at the Provincial Convention Center in Dumaguete City, Degamo said the public’s cooperation is key to flattening the COVID-19 transmission curve.

So far, most residents have followed the stay-at-home order as only person per household is allowed to leave to buy the family’s basic necessities.

Checkpoints have been installed in different strategic locations to inspect motorists for the proper documents and quarantine passes.

Following Degamo’s executive order on the declaration of ECQ, all essential establishments that have been exempted are directed to conduct temperature check prior to allowing customers and patrons inside their premises.

All employees are also required to wear masks, provide alcohol or sanitizers and hand washing stations, and for the workers to immediately go home after their shift.

Although all Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies remain operational, ICT-Dumaguete representative Suzanne Bascara pledged that their group has adopted work-from-home arrangements for their employees.

Bascara added that they have arranged with some hotels in the city to provide accommodations for their employees who have slow internet signal in their homes and also for those who are not allowed to travel home due to the ECQ.

Under the ECQ, those allowed to move around the city are only authorized individuals from exempted food industries and those who have medical reasons to go out as long as they can show proof.

It is also cited in the EO that limiting the movement of persons outside maximizes the opportunity for social distancing or the act of keeping distance from other people to prevent the spread of diseases.