BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Returning Cadiz City residents from Bacolod City and other high risk areas in Negros Occidental are required by Mayor Salvador Escalante Jr. to undergo a 14-day quarantine, in accordance with the COVID-19 regulations set by the Department of Health.
Escalante issued an executive order stating that those exempted from the 14-day quarantine for returning residents are the frontliners, essential workers and Authorized Person Outside of Residence (APOR), provided they can present government, company identification cards, or proof of qualification.
Cadiznons going to Bacolod City, who will not stay for more than three days, will not be considered as Persons Under Monitoring, the mayor said.
If flu-like symptoms develop within the 14-day home quarantine period, Escalante said the patient will be transferred either to the St. Andrews Place Park II Healing Center or the Cadiz District Hospital.
Home quarantine, when circumstances warrant, will be permitted as a recourse for asymptomatic positive individuals, if the patient has his\her own room, bathroom and without household members who are senior citizens, under two years old, and pregnant women, the executive order said.
Cadiznons working in Bacolod City with reported COVID-19 positive cases are also required to undergo quarantine and RT-PCR testing at St. Andrews Place Park II in Brgy. Tinampaan, Cadiz City.
Those who plan to enter Cadiz City from Bacolod City and other high-risk areas of the province are required to coordinate with their barangay chairpersons, midwives or barangay health workers, the executive order also stated.
It added that the conduct of house visitations for the identification and immediate transfer of COVID-19 positives will be carried out by the local epidemiological surveillance units and health workers, including the Barangay Health Response Teams, who may also call on the local police for assistance, when needed or warranted.*