Cagayan de Oro City Hall employees and officials who recently tested positive for COVID-19 may have contracted COVID-19 outside and not at City Hall itself, City Health Office (CHO) resident epidemiologist Dr. Teodulfo Joselito Retuya said.
´I think personally the cases didn´t originate at City Hall because if it did, then a lot more employees and officials would have contracted the virus. City Hall isn´t an enclosed environment where there is only one entry and exit. It´s most probably that the virus came from outside and found its way to the office (through unsuspecting carriers),´ Dr. Retuya said during Tuesday noon´s (Oct. 27) press briefing.
Dr. Retuya said City Hall departments were continually reminded and mandated to institute non-pharmaceutical interventions like plastic barriers and placement of disinfectants along with minimum health protocols like wearing of face masks and physical distancing.
´At the City Health Office where our risk of exposure is high due to the influx of patients but we have our interventions and protocols in place like prohibiting of persons without face masks, face shields and even personal protective equipment. We also have handwashing stations, one entry and one exit and plastic barriers at every work station,´ Dr. Retuya said.
Dr. Retuya said the CHO also enforces its policy to avoid eating together since group meals are a source of infection. ´More often than not, Filipinos lower their guard when eating together since they take longer to talk than to eat and they come into close contact when talking to each other, thus exposing themselves to infection,´ Dr. Retuya said.
At the end of the day, Dr. Retuya said it is each person´s compliance of minimum health protocols that would protect him/her from the virus. Mayor Oscar Moreno agreed with Dr. Retuya, saying that the infected employees and officials didn´t contract ther virus at City Hall but in their respective communities.
´One of those infected is a frontliner who directly comes into contact with the arrivals at the airport wearing personal protective equipment. She still remains in high spirits and I even saw her TikTok video. We will step up our monitoring and enforcement of protocols to eliminate that risk of infection (among our officials and employees),´ Mayor Moreno said.
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Wednesday, 28 October 2020 08:28

CHO: No focused containment on Hall of Justice

The City Health Office (CHO) said Tuesday (Oct. 27) that it won´t recommend placing the Hall of Justice under focused containment and instead call for stringent enforcement of health protocols there.
´We talked with Regional Trial Court Judge Dennis Alcantar and the rest of the judiiciary and explained why we won´t recommend placing the Hall of Justice under focused containment. For starters, the confirmed cases are no longer reporting for duty and were moved to the city´s temporary treatment monitoring facilities,´ said City Health Officer Dr. Lorraine Nery during Tuesday noon´s press briefing.
She said the primary close contacts of the positive cases were also quarantined and all court personnel of two branches at the Hall of Justice were also quarantined. ´We also saw that their personnel were implementing minimum health standards. And most of the judges are into teleconferencing or conducting virtual court hearings,´ Dr. Nery said.
Dr. Nery said only one third of the personnel at the Hall of Justice are reporting to work. ´So we explained to them about the mode of transmission and what they should avoid contracting COVID-19 and they understood this. We also advised them to conduct frequent disinfection of their premises and intensified monitoring of persons who exhibit acute respiratory infection (ARI) or influenza-like illness (ILI) symptoms,´ she said.
Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno said he ordered the CHO to coordinate with the judiciary on implementing their health protocols. ´These concerns are best addressed through scientific-based data and medical interventions. The Hall of Justice is very crucial in ensuring the sustained operations of the country´s justice system,´ Mayor Moreno said.
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Malikayan ang pagkapuno sa mga isolation units sa syudad basta ma-detect, ma-extract, ma-isolate gilayon ug sayo mogula ang test results sa mga pasyente sa Covid-19, sigun pa ni city epidemiologist Dr. Joey Retuya.
Matud pa ni Dr. Retuya nga ilang gitutokan kada adlaw ang pagsulod-gawas sa mga pasyente sa city isolation units ug temporary treatment monitoring facilities (TTMFs), ug istriktong gisunod ang mga palisiya basi sa guidelines sa Department of Health (DOH) alang niadtong i-discharge nga mga pasyente nga nag-negatibo na sa virus.
Sa iyang bahin, gibutyag ni City Health Officer Dr. Lorraine Nery nga hanutoy ug hapsay karon ang admission ug discharge sa mga pasyente nga anaa sa mga CIU ug TTMF.
Gipasabot ni Dr. Nery nga dili makasinati sa backlog ug congestion ang mga quarantine facilities sa syudad kung ma-sustenir ang pagdaghan sa recoveries ug paspas usab ang paggawas sa swab results sa mga pasyente.
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51 new COVID 19 confirmed cases are added today, October 27, in Cagayan de Oro; 13 are new cases, 24 with epidemiological link, 6 local APORs, 7 LSIs and 1 death.

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Dakong tabang sa Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) ang pagdawat sa mga pribadong ospital sa Cagayan de Oro sa mga pasyenteng mild, moderate ug asymptomatic sa coronavirus kon Covid-19.
Sa press briefing sa miaging adlaw, gibutyag ni NMMC liaison officer Dr. Bernard Julius Rocha nga pinaagi niini nga sistema, ma-prayoridad sa NMMC ang pag-atiman sa mga pasyenteng ‘severe to critical Covid-19 cases’.
Kini ang hiniusang nauyonan atol sa tigom bag-ohay lang sa City Health Office (CHO), Department of Health (DOH), JR Borja General Hospital ug mga kadagkoan sa mga pribadong ospital sa syudad.
Dugtong niini, nagpasalamat si Mayor Oscar Moreno sa pagtubag sa mga pribadong ospital sa panawagan sa syudad ilabina nga nagkataas karon ang local transmission cases dinhi sa Cagayan de Oro, diin posibleng maapektohan ang healthcare capacity sa NMMC.
Gibalik-balik sa mayor nga importante kaayo ang papel sa NMMC sa pakigbatok sa Covid-19 tungod kay ang healthcare capacity sa NMMC maoy barometro sa quarantine status sa Cagayan de Oro, apil ang Northern Mindanao.
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So long as COVID-19 cases are immediately detected, extracted and isolated and their test results are released early, there will be enough room for Cagayan de Oro City´s quarantine facilities, the City Health Office (CHO) said.
´Based on our health data, there are more than 50 recoveries at our temporary treatment monitoring facilities (TTMFs) last week and that number alone is enough to accomodate the confirmed positive cases. Most of our patients come and go and we instituted policies based on Department of Health (DOH) guidelines to expedite the discharge of patients who test negative of the virus,´ CHO resident epidemiologist Dr. Teodulfo Joselito Retuya said.
Dr. Retuya earlier explained that COVID-19 patients are tested five days to one week after their last confirmed exposure and once they test negative, they are discharged and required to continue their remaining week of quarantine at home. ´Everyday we are monitoring our TTMFs and city isolation units and for the past few weeks, there´s a smooth flow in the admission and discharge of patients,´ City Health Officer Dr. Lorraine Nery said.
´So long as the recoveries are sustained and there is immediate release of the swab results especially of the recovered patients, we can avoid the backlog of patients and avoid congesting our isolation units and quarantine facilities,´ Dr. Nery said.
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Cagayan de Oro City´s retention of its modified general community (MGCQ) status until Nov. 30 is an indication that the enforcement of minimum health protocols and opening of the economy are not ´mutually exclusive´, Mayor Oscar Moreno said Monday (Oct. 26).
´I´m not speaking for the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) but you can see the trend in our country and even overseas. And that trend is that so long as minimum health protocols are in place, one can handle both protection of public health and sustaining the economy together,´ Mayor Moreno said.
Mayor Moreno gave this observation during Monday noon´s press briefing as President Rodrigo Duterte approved the IATF´s recommendation to ease quarantine restrictions nationwide, marking the first time that no area in the country is placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) or modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).
Along with Cagayan de Oro, the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Camigiuin, Misamis Occidental and Lanao del Norte were also under MGCQ while Iligan City is on general community quarantine (GCQ). ´It´s not a matter of confidence and we should not be complacent but as things stand, governments cannot compromise on both public health and their economies,´ Mayor Moreno said.
´As governments around the world had known by now including ours, public health remains paramount and restrictions should remain in place to ensure compliance to minimum health compliance. But doing this doesn´t mean having to enforce the lockdowns which are only done to prepare the health care system (and as a fail safe). Protecting public health and ensuring livelihood can go hand in hand,´ Mayor Moreno said.
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While Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) won´t turn away COVID-19 patients regardless of the severity of their condition, it doesn´t have to take them all alone, both city and NMMC officials said Monday (Oct. 27).
´The acceptance of mild to moderate and asymptomatic COVID-19 cases by private hospitals is a big help to the NMMC and as originally intended by the Department of Health (DOH), the NMMC handles the severe to critical COVID-19 cases,´ NMMC liaison officer Dr. Bernard Julius Rocha said during Monday noon´s press briefing.
As agreed on during last Friday´s meeting with the City Health Office (CHO), the DOH, JR Borja General Hospital and officials of private hospitals, Dr. Rocha said the NMMC handles severe to critical cases since the costs of treating them would be burdensome to private hospitals.
´We experienced some delays in accepting COVID-19 cases because we were upgrading our units and facilities but as per our mandate modawat mi tanan (we accept everyone). But our strategy with City Hall is that the city will accept all mild to moderate and asympatomatic cases while we accept severe to critical cases,´ Dr. Rocha said.
Just as important is to prevent NMMC´s frontliners from experiencing burnout and reduce their risk to exposure to COVID-19. ´The COVID-19 pandemic is over seven months and our staff before were not infected but some of them are now. And if they´re not infected, they also experience stress and burnout from their work,´ Dr. Rocha said.
´We are trying our best to find ways to expand our capacity and ease the burden on private hospitals while not sacrificing our non-COVID-19 services to the people. Our collaboration with City Hall and other local governments are intact because this (pandemic is far from over),´ Dr. Rocha said.
Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno repeatedly emphasized the city´s role in decongesting NMMC of COVID-19 cases since the hospital´s health care capacity is a critical barometer of the quarantine status not only of the city and Misamis Oriental province but also of northern Mindanao.
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The City Health Office (CHO) said it already conducted contact tracing and risk assessment on all the employees of the city office of the Department of Interior and Local Governments (DILG) after its chief and her family tested positive for COVID-19.
´Tagsa-tagsa nato sila og gigamit nato ang ilang contact tracers na gi-hire kasamtangan ubay-ubay gyud mga personahe nga gi-risk assessment namo karon bisan gisara nila ilang opisina. Uban sa atong risk assessment ang ilang paghimo sa ilang health protocols (We are examining them one by one even employing their contact tracers that they hired and meanwhile we conducted risk assessment on their personnel despite them closing their office. Included in our assessment is how they enforced their health protocols),´ said CHO resident epidemiologist Dr. Teodulfo Joselito Retuya during Monday noon´s (Oct. 26) press briefing.
The official and her family along with a doctor assigned at the City Health Insurance Office (CHO) were among the 46 new COVID-19 cases recorded in the city from Oct. 24 to 25, City Health Officer Dr. Lorraine Nery said. She said the 46 new cases raised the city´s cumulative or total cases at 1,480 cases with 65 deaths and 921 recoveries so far.
Dr. Nery said the 46 new cases consisted of 18 index or new cases including two deaths, four APORs (authorized persons outside residence) and 24 cases involving close contacts or persons with exposure to previous COVID-19 cases. She said local COVID-19 cases had outnumbered those involving returning Kagay-anons by about 75.57 percent to 24.48 percent respectively.
For his part, Mayor Oscar Moreno said he relayed to the CHO a request by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Executive Judge Dennis Alcantar to place the Hall of Justice under focused containment. ´The CHO will discuss the matter with them today (Oct. 26). Maybe they need stricter enforcement of health protocols like wearing of face masks. It´s not easy to secure their safety,´ Mayor Moreno said.
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There are 77 healthcare workers at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), the region’s Covid-19 referral hospital, who got infected with the dreaded virus. However, 39 have already recovered while 38 others are still on quarantine, according to NMMC Liaison Officer Dr. Bernard Julius Rocha.

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