Cagayan de Oro (CDO) City Mayor urged all concerned citizens to “set aside their differences” and focus more on fighting against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on Tuesday, May 12.
In an interview with Communications Secretary Martin Andanar during the ‘Laging Handa Network Briefing’ aired live over Radyo Pilipinas, Mayor Oscar Moreno said people should come together and focus on helping the government in finding ways how to help prevent the coronavirus spread.
Moreno called for unity came after he reportedly opposed some village chiefs’ demand that the entire city should be placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
CDO has less than ten confirmed cases for COVID-19, which Moreno said is less than half of the threshold of cases of contagion for highly urbanized cities.
He explained that restrictions on ECQ have adverse effects on the city’s economy. The GCQ must be maintained to generate some revenues and yield on investments, the mayor added.
“Currently, the city is placed under general community quarantine (GCQ). But we must do what we did in the past such as keeping people in their homes, adherence to the rules on social distancing, handwashing, and the wearing of facemasks, among other health advisories and precautionary measures on COVID-19 prevention,” he added.
Third RT-PCR procurement
Moreno procured the latest Reverse transcription-polymerase Chain Reaction (RT PCR) machine for the COVID-19 testing laboratory in Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) on Friday.
These machines are similar to what the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine and the Southern Medical Center – Davao is currently using.
Among the city mayor’s efforts was to establish and strengthen the testing capacity in the region, as well as the capacity to contact trace patients.
Furthermore, Moreno said that he would rather invest in RT-PCR machines since it is more accurate than the Rapid Testing Kits.
As of Friday, May 15, discussed below are the latest update on the swab testing result for the direct contacts of Carmen, Pinikitan, and Lumbia patients:
All nine contacts of Carmen patient are still in isolation and currently exhibits no symptoms. Also, all swab samples were taken and are waiting for results.
On the other hand, 17 family members, relatives, friends, and watchers of 21-year-old Lumbia-patient all tested negative for COVID-19. While the majority of the close contacts already completed their prescribed 14-day quarantine, as of May 14, 2020.
Lastly, one close contact of Patient P6783 from Pinikitan, who earlier tested negative, was already released from the City Isolation Unity on Wednesday, while ten others will be released today, after testing negative.
Meanwhile, four family members (3 Positive and 1 probable) will remain in the CIU for monitoring.
The Philippines now has 12,091 cases of COVID-19, surpassing the 12,000-mark, as the Department of Health confirmed 215 new infections on Friday. DOH also announced 16 new deaths and 123 new recoveries.