Tuesday, 10 November 2020 12:25

Besigan wala pay natalang kaso sa Covid-19

NAGPABILIN nga 'zero' o’ walay kaso sa coronavirus disease ang barangay Besigan sa Cagayan de Oro.
Sumala pa ni city epidemiologist Dr. Teodulfo Joselito Retuya nga ang Besigan walay natala nga nagpositibo sa COVID-19 nga mga locally stranded individuals, returning overseas filipino, persons deprived of liberty o’ local cases.
Dugang pa ni Dr. Retuya nga gibana-banang anaa sa 50 ka mga barangay sa dakbayan ang nakatala na og local cases diin nag-una niini ang barangay Carmen, ang pinakadako nga barangay sa Cagayan de Oro
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An online briefing will be conducted for designated safety officers of both government agencies and private companies concerning the registration for a quick response (QR) code that can be downloaded from Cagayan de Oro City Hall’s Higalaay web portal.
‘Ang atong safety officer gikan City Health Office nga si Dr. Ted Yu mopahigayon og virtual Zoom orientation uban sa safety officers sa national government agencies og private businesses aron motubag sa frequently asked questions tungod sa Higalaay (portal) (Our safety officer from the City Health Office, Dr. Ted Yu, will conduct a virtual Zoom orientation with the safety officers of both government agencies and private businesses on frequently asked questions concerning the Higalaay web portal),’ acting City Administrator Teddy Sabuga-a said.
During the virtual Zoom orientation, Dr. Yu will tackle risk assessment and contact tracing while the Higalaay portal will be discussed at length by Zelfred Anthony Cocon, chief of City Hall’s Management Information System.
Sabuga-a also thanked City Hall officials, department heads and employees for their cooperation in securing a QR code from the Higalaay web portal as part of City Hall’s health safety measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘Kanang (QR code) dagko tabang (uban sa temperature checks) nga ma-monitor in real time ang health condition sa matag employee or official (The QR code is a big help together with temperature checks in monitoring the health conditions of employees and officials in real time),’ he said.
Sabuga-a said he will write a letter to all government offices and businesses asking them to require their safety officers to attend the Nov. 16 virtual Zoom online briefing on the Higalaay web portal. ‘Hopefully by next Monday we can provide the link for the orientation so they can register (and secure the QR code),’ said Sabuga-a, who credited the City Tourism Office for spearheading the program last August in time for the annual city fiesta.
The City Tourism Office came out with the initiative in response to the directive by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) which required consumers to sign health forms at dining outlets and commercial businesses to bolster the government’s contact tracing efforts during the pandemic.
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Eight months into the pandemic and Cagayan de Oro City Hall is making adjustments to moves by the national government to further ease travel restrictions nationwide in order to boost the country’s economy.
‘By easing travel restrictions, it means there won’t be any travel authority needed for persons traveling within the country, though minimum health protocols will still be enforced,’ said Oliver Egypto, Office of Community Affairs chief.
Egypto, also concurrent local governance cluster chief of City Hall’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), said on Monday morning’s (Nov. 9) flag-raising ceremony that a transition phase will be observed prior to easing travel restrictions.
‘As the entire country eases into a transition phase there will come a time that people won’t need to secure travel authority or medical certificate to enter Cagayan de Oro City. But barangay exit pass, the wearing of face masks and face shields, physical distancing and disinfection will still be required,’ Egypto said.
The easing of restrictions nationwide began sometime last month with local governments across the country placed at either modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) or general community quarantine (GCQ).
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More than a month after his recovery, Councilor Jay Roa Pascual gave this advice to Cagayan de Oro City residents and visitors who still don’t believe in and continue to be complacent about the ongoing pandemic: ‘Di ta magkumpiyansa sa COVID-19 (Don’t be complacent on COVID-19).’

‘Last Aug. 31, I had fever and I stayed at home, never letting anyone near me. I rarely get sick so when I had the fever, then that told me something was wrong. On the third day I lost my sense of taste and when I checked the Internet and saw that I had symptoms I called the City Health Office. Of all the people they traced, one turned out positive and I felt guilty after her family told her to leave home,’ he said in Visayan.

During Monday morning’s (Nov. 9) press briefing, Councilor Pascual recounted that like him, the girl was quarantined at one of the city’s isolation units (CIUs) and she actually recovered ahead of him. ‘It took me four swab tests and 28 days for me to test negative of COVID-19. I called her up to check on her and I expected to test negative on the third swab test after learning that she recovered,’ Pascual said.

Like everyone who underwent quarantine and treatment for COVID-19, Councilor Pascual said he experienced fear and uncertainty over his condition. ‘I saw photos of COVID-19 patients strapped to mechanical ventilators and I told myself ‘my God, will that happen to me? The worst part of the confinement was the isolation, all 28 days of it. The only outside contacts you have are the sound of passing vehicles and medical personnel knocking on your door for meals and medicines,’ he said.

Aside from the painful swab samples, Pascual also said he had to fight boredom and discouragement after learning that he still tested positive on the third test. ‘I didn’t take my vitamins and didn’t even do tuob (steam inhalation) to help me breathe easier. Thankfully, on the fourth test I came out negative. Who knew that would happen? I didn’t expect it,’ Councilor Pascual said.

Nowadays, Councilor Pascual said he is being extra vigilant about observing minimum health standards while sympathizing with recovered patients who continue to experience discrimination from neighbors, friends and even family. ‘Whenever there’s a meal, the councilors would eat separate from me which I understand and so far those I approach don’t seem to avoid me,’ he said.

‘I am thankful to the city’s medical frontliners and to Mayor Oscar Moreno for ensuring that COVID-19 patients like me are taken cared of and discharged with a confirmatory negative test result. To COVID-19 patients, we should take care of ourselves because our bodies need time to heal. And when we recover, let’s not be complacent in our compliance to minimum public health standards,’ Pascual said. 

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Aside from protecting themselves, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno gave another reason for city residents to strictly comply with minimum health protocols: Doing so will give their children a chance to enjoy the holidays.
‘I attended and inaugurated the lighting of Christmas trees at SM City Cagayan de Oro and SM CDO Downtown Premiere over the weekend. Weeks from now, hopefully I’d switch on the Christmas Lights at Gaston Park and at City Hall and we want city residents to feel the Christmas spirit despite the pandemic,’ Mayor Moreno said.
For that to happen, Mayor Moreno said city residents should protect themselves by fully complying with minimum health protocols and help reduce the number of local COVID-19 cases. ‘If we see a significant reduction in local cases, we may gradually relax the restrictions,’ Mayor Moreno said.
Easing the city’s quarantine restrictions may mean lowering the curfew hours and allowing children and seniors to go out and ‘see the Christmas lights and enjoy the beauty and wonder of Christmas even in these difficult times,’ Mayor Moreno said.
Cagayan de Oro City recorded 55 confirmed COVID-19 cases for the two-day period of Nov. 7-8 of which 32 are cases with local links, 10 are APORs (authorized persons outside residence) and 12 are local index or new cases, acting City Health Officer Dr. Lorraine Nery said during Monday noon’s (Nov. 9) press briefing.
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Nearly eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Cagayan de Oro City’s tourism industry and business owners are slowly picking up and adjusted to compliance to government mandated minimum health standards.
‘Bisan naa government mandate to stay at home, mogawas gyod ang tawo kay mangita gyod og pangkinabuhian (people will go outside because they need to earn a livelihood). I attended an opening of a sports bar at the Pelaez Sports Center and even with restrictions, Cagayan de Oro City’s businesses especially on tourism are slowly resuming their pace,’ Councilor Jay Roa Pascual.
Pascual, who chairs the 19th City Council’s committees on tourism and agriculture, said during Monday’s (Nov. 9) press briefing that while customer traffic in the city’s dining outlets remain moderate due to health protocols, food delivery businesses experienced a spike in income. ‘Our food industry is okay as people now sell food online and it is expected to pick up with the approaching holidays,’ he said.
Customer traffic is also picking up at the city’s malls with more visitors coming from the provinces of Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental and the cities of Iligan and Davao, Councilor Pascual said. The country’s quarantine restrictions were eased by the government nationwide last month to boost the economy.
‘As the tourism and business hub of northern Mindanao, Cagayan de Oro is expected to draw shoppers from within the region especially during the holidays. What’s important now is for everyone to always comply with minimum public health standards like physical distancing, wearing of face masks and face shields and disinfection,’ said Pascual, who recovered from COVID-19 last September. #AntiCOVID19 #COVID19WatchCDO #LGUCDOcampaign #Yourgovernmentatwork #Kaabag #Hapsay #CDOCityHallCollaboration #TheBiggerPictureForCDO #NagkahiusaBatokCOVID-19
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MOKABAT sa 201 ka boxes sa face masks; 151 ka disposable isolation gowns, 65 ka washable coverall ug 80 ka boxes sa nitrile gloves ang donasyon nga nadawat sa siyudad gikan sa Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation Inc – Phillip Morris nga girepresentahan ni Atty. Pogi Guibone ug Danny Baste adlaw’ng Lunes, Nobyembre 9, 2020.
Mismo si Mayor Oscar Moreno uban ni City General Services Officer Eldie Daayata ug City Health Insurance Office representative Shiela Ratunil ang midawat sa maong donasyon.
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Monday, 09 November 2020 09:57

Arrivals, close contacts housed separately

Returning Kagay-anons and close contacts are separately housed in the city’s isolation units to prevent infection should any of them test positive, the City Health Office (CHO) said Saturdqy (Nov. 7).
‘We subdivided the city isolation units to house arrivals and close contacts of previous and current COVID-19 cases. We’ve seen that there are fewer COVID-19 cases among arrivals than close contacts so we avoid mixing them. It’s also standard policy that each person has his or her own room, for the duration of his or her quarantine,’ acting City Health Officer Dr. Lorraine Nery said.
Dr. Nery also said during Saturday noon’s press briefing that their daily monitoring of room capacity for both city isolation units (CIUs) and temporary treatment monitoring facilities (TTMFs) showed that they have 43 vacant slots for close contacts and 58 vacant slots for arrivals. As of 10 pm of Nov. 7, Cagayan de Oro City’s ratio of local COVID-19 cases at 80.63 percent compared to 19.37 percent for arrivals.
In her daily update, Dr. Nery disclosed that as of 8 a.m. of Nov. 7, the city’s isolation units housed 819 persons consisting of 370 returning Kagay-anons, 355 close contacts of previous and current cases and 93 APORs (authorized persons outside residence). She said the CIUs have 101 vacant rooms while the city’s TTMFs have 70 vacant rooms.
Mayor Oscar Moreno said in cases when those confined at the CIUs test positive for COVID-19, health safety protocols are strictly enforced to prevent infection while they are processed for transfer to the city’s TTMFs. ‘We make sure that we prevent those positive cases from infecting anyone else at the CIUs. Again, they each have their own rooms (for the duration of their quarantine),’ Mayor Moreno said. #AntiCOVID19 #COVID19WatchCDO #LGUCDOcampaign #Yourgovernmentatwork #Kaabag #Hapsay #CDOCityHallCollaboration #TheBiggerPictureForCDO #NagkahiusaBatokCOVID-19
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Monday, 09 November 2020 09:25


Ubay-ubay ka mga indibiduwal ang naisyuhan og Ordinance Violation Receipt (OVR) sa Regulatory Compliance Board (RCB) ug Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) human nasapon nga nag-inom sa publikong lugar diha sa Uptown area, Matilde Neri, ug Dabatian Streets sa Barangay Carmen atol sa matag gabii nga monitoring ug inspection sa maong team.

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Saturday, 07 November 2020 19:09


To ensure compliance of minimum public health standards, Atty. Jose Edgardo Uy, chairman of Regulatory Compliance Board (RCB) together with Disiplina Muna Advocacy Team and Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) held a dialogue with tenants and management of Bintana, and management of The Lights Bar located in Upper Carmen recently.
Atty. Uy urged them to strictly observe the health protocols, and comply the mandated regulations for the right reason.
The other week, the team also held same activity with the management and tenants of Kubo, and The Uptown Strip.
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