Friday, July 30, 2021

Covid-19 patient evades security, talks with friends

Photo from Montevista Karon Facebook page

A TOWN in Davao de Oro province imposed a 14-day lockdown in one of its barangay after its first coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patient breached isolation protocols.

In Executive Order (EO) ESJ-20-029, Montevista Mayor Eutropio Jayectin put Barangay Mayaon in a 14-day quarantine after a Covid-19 positive patient went in and out of the isolation facility.

He said the patient reportedly "evaded the isolation security personnel a number of times" 10 days before the Covid-19 positive swab test result was released.

It was confirmed that the patient is infected with Sars-Cov-2 on July 17.

Jayectin added the patient "bought something from stores, talked to a number of friends, and came in close contact with a known masseur in the place who delivered meals for him."

"This masseur reportedly gave massage services to a number of clients during the time he was tending the meals of the LSI," he said.

The Covid-19 patient was a locally-stranded individual (LSI) who arrived on July 6 and was confined in Barangay Mayaon's barangay isolation unit (BUI).

The asymptomatic patient was already brought to the Davao de Oro Provincial Hospital on July 18.

The mayor, in coordination with the Municipal Emergency Operations Center (MEOC), immediately put Barangay Mayaon in a lockdown for 14 days effective July 18, 2020 until the midnight of July 31, 2020.

It restricted the residents to go in and out their barangay except to buy basic needs and commodities such as food and medicine, and during emergencies.

Each household will also be provided with one quarantine pass, which will be presented to the security personnel when there is a need to go out from the barangay.

He also imposed curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. during the lockdown period.

Jayectin ordered the team from the Municipal Health Office to conduct contact tracing, surveillance, verification, and testing of people for possible Covid-19 infection.

"Anyone who may have been in contact with a [Covid-19] positive or confirmed case patient shall be subjected, after assessment of the appropriate health personnel, to a strict 14-day quarantine at the designated BIU," he said.

As of July 20, Davao de Oro has 43 active Covid-19 cases, nine probable cases, and 11 suspected cases.


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