THE Dumaguete City Government, through its Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), continues its extensive contact tracing of persons who were exposed to coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patients, as more of them have been isolated.
The City Information Office said Tuesday, October 20, that as of the latest count, 16 more close contacts of five Covid-19 positive cases were quarantined and subjected to swab tests.
Of the total, 13 were exposed to patients NegOr CoV 222 and NegOr CoV 223, while the rest were exposed to NegOr CoV 204, NegOr CoV 201, NegOr CoV 209, and NegOr Cov 210.
Also, the number of persons under monitoring (PUMs) increased to 375 but none of them manifested influenza-like illness.
City Health Officer Dr. Maria Sarah Talla has informed Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo that a PUM was released after completing the 14-day community quarantine with no symptoms at an isolation facility.
Meanwhile, four overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Japan and Dubai have been quarantined since Monday, October 19, in compliance with local health protocols.
The PUMs are distributed as follows: at designated hotel facilities (132), community isolation center (81) and barangay isolation facilities (162).
More swab tests are also conducted among the close contacts of Covid-19 patients.
As of October 19, the City reported having nine positive infections, mostly linked to NegOr CoV 191, the provincial government official, and an authorized person outside of residence who had a history of travel with a group of about seven people to a high-risk area outside of Negros Oriental.
A number of barangays imposed "granular lockdowns" in "puroks" or clusters where primary contacts of the Covid-19 patients are residing. (PNA)