Boracay hospital closes after doctor tests positive for COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   March 30, 2020   •   758

MANILA, Philippines – The Ciriaco S. Tirol Hospital located on Boracay island is temporarily closed to the public after one of its doctors tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Aklan Provincial Health Office said Monday.

Dr. Cornelio Cuachon Jr., chief of Aklan Provincial Health Office, said the hospital had to be closed after a 37-year old doctor working for the facility contracted coronavirus.

Cuachon said the doctor is currently under strict 14-day isolation after he manifested symptoms of the viral disease.

The doctor was said to have manifested symptoms such as cough and sore throat just days after he traveled to Manila to attend a convention from March 4 to 7.

He returned to Boracay on March 8 and worked at the hospital for over a week before he was advised to undergo quarantine.

“Mayroon siyang ubo, saka sore throat and then colds but hindi na siya nagpakonsulta. After nine days, binigyan siya ng advise na talagang mag-strict quarantine kasi nandoon lang siya sa ospital so mataas ang rate ng transmission,” Cuachon said.

The health official added that the doctor is now recovering from the illness.

Cuachon said, more than 10 hospital workers who had close contact with the infected doctor are also undergoing quarantine.

It is not yet clear when the said hospital will reopen. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lalaine Moreno)

Mahigit 21K na residente sa Baguio City, target na mabakunahan kada linggo

UNTV News   •   September 24, 2021

Tinaasan ng Baguio City local government ang bilang ng mga residenteng kailangang mabakunahan laban sa COVID-19 kada linggo.

Nais ni Mayor Benjamin Magalong na maabot na ang halos kabuuang bilang ng eligible population sa lungsod bago matapos ang taon.

Nasa 281,000 na residente ang kasama sa mga dapat mabakunahan upang maabot ang herd immunity sa siyudad, at 50% sa mga ito, ay target na mabakunahan ngayong weekend.

“Maganda naman ang rate natin. Actually we broke a record last week when we hit more than 30,000 doses in one week. This week, we’re hoping na ang ating vaccination, we will be able to hit 50% plus sa fully vaccinated this week. ‘Yun ang target namin this week,” ani Mayor Magalong.

Sa pinakabagong datos ng Baguio City Health Services Office, umaabot na sa 49.04% sa target population o 137,797 na residente na ang fully vaccinated.

Habang nasa 182,446 naman ang nakatanggap ng first dose ng bakuna kontra COVID-19.

Kaugnay nito, itinaas pa sa 21,000 ang target nilang mabakunahan kada linggo.

“We need to go beyond the 21,000 na threshold per week. Dapat lumampas tayo dun sa 21,000, so that by first week of December, looking at our forecast and our graph and our time and motion study, kailangan by first week of December ma-hit na natin ung 90-95%,” pahayag ni Magalong.

Ayon pa sa alkalde, hindi problema ang suplay ng bakuna sa siyudad, kaya’t patuloy na hinihikayat nito ang mga taga Baguio City na magpabakuna lalo na’t patuloy na tumataas ang naitatalang nahahawa ng COVID-19.

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Kasama ang Baguio City sa tatlong syudad sa bansa na isinailalim sa sa mas mahigpit na general community quarantine simula September 24 hanggang September 30, 2021. (Ulat mula kay Bradley Robuza)


IATF amends guidelines in NCR alert level 4 restrictions

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (AITF-MEID) has amended the guidelines for the implementation of the Alert Level 4 in the National Capital Region (NCR), Malacañang said Friday.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the revised guidelines will take effect on October 1 should the pilot implementation of the alert level system be extended next month.

The new strategy is being imposed in virus hotspots in the NCR until September 30.

The amendments recently approved by the IATF include allowing individual outdoor exercises within general area of residence for persons not required to remain in their respective homes.

Authorities earlier allowed outdoor exercises for residents regardless of health and vaccination status, but they shall only be limited to moving within their village or barangay.

Gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment, funerals for those who died of causes other than COVID-19 and for the cremains of COVID-19 deceased shall be allowed.

Attendance to these services, however, will only be limited to immediate family members, the IATF said.

All contact sports, whether indoor or outdoor, will remain prohibited. Those being conducted under a “bubble-type” setup are exempted.

Personal care establishments and home services are still not allowed. These services include aesthetic and cosmetic services or procedures, make up services, spas, reflexology, wellness, and holistic services and other similar procedures.

Positive COVID-19 antigen test results now included in case count – IATF

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The number of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 through rapid antigen tests will now be included in the Philippines’ case count, Malacañang said Friday.

In a televised briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) reached the decision during their meeting on Thursday in an aim to improve the reporting of COVID-19 cases.

“’Yan po ang ating objective para mas maging mabuti yung picture natin kung ilan ang total cases natin,” Roque said.

He, however, clarified that these tests will be subjected to confirmatory tests.

The use of antigen test is mostly effective for people who already manifested symptoms within the first five days of their onset as the viral load of the patient is at the highest during this time.

In line with this, the IATF directed the Department of Health NCR Center for Health Development to monitor and facilitate registration of facilities using rapid antigen kits.

They must also ensure that antigen line tests are collected and consolidated from health facilities, localities, as well as temporary treatment and monitoring facilities.

“Kaugnay nito, ang Department of Health NCR Center for Health Development ay inatasang mag-facilitate ng registration ng facilities na gumagamit ng rapid antigen kits,” he said.

“Augmentation of disease surveillance surveillance staff and encoders are considered to ensure that line lists are generated and submitted on a daily basis,” he added.

As of Sept. 23, the Philippines has 165,780 active COVID-19 cases based on DOH data.


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