DUMAGUETE CITY, March 30 (PIA) -- Negros Oriental will be put under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) starting April 3, 2020 due to COVID-19.
Provincial Public Information Officer (PIO) Bimbo Miraflor made the announcement via the provincial government's official Facebook page Sunday night.
Miraflor said Gov. Roel Degamo based his declaration of ECQ on the resolution filed by the Negros Oriental Medical Society (NOMS), Philippine College of Physicians, and the Medical Task Group of the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force-Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID).
"They have unanimously passed a Resolution to put the entire province of Negros Oriental under ECQ. On this basis, the Governor now is declaring the imposition of ECQ in the entire Province through an Executive Order which shall take effect on 12:01AM, April 3, 2020, after all the specific guidelines for its full implementation are set, and to give our people ample time to prepare for this scenario," Miraflor said.
Members of the IATF EID will convene today for the complete guidelines under ECQ.
Miraflor added that the Governor may issue the executive order after the meeting.
As of the latest advisory released by the Provincial PIO, there are three confirmed COVID-19 cases in Negros Oriental with three deaths and one recovery.
The third confirmed case was the sister-in-law of PH39, the first patient in the province who tested positive for COVID-19 and who eventually died due to health complications.
It was noted that the patient underwent kidney transplant years, and was considered immunocompromised.
PH39's sister-in-law was also tagged as "Patient for Investigation (PUI)" but passed away on March 24, 2020, two days before the result of her swab test came confirming that she is positive fod COVID-19.
Her husband is also tagged as PUI but tested negative for the virus.
He is subject for second round of confirmatory tests and is currently confined in a hospital in Dumaguete City.
The second confirmed case was PH25, a repatriate from MV Diamond Princess Cruise Ship in Japan, and who eventually recovered from the disease.
Miraflor also reported that swab results from seven PUIs have arrived yesterday and all yielded negative results.
The Provincial Health Office has accounted 5,739 asymptomatic persons under monitoring and quarantine or the "Patients Under Monitoring (PUM)" and some 2,380 of them completed their quarantine period.
For PUIs, there are five persons categorized having Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI), eight with Moderate Acute Respiratory Infection (MARI), 262 with Influenza Like Illness (ILI) without co-morbidity, and 15 with ILI and with co-mordibities or pre-existing conditions.
All these data are as of 2:00 p.m. of March 29, 2020.
Meanwhile, Assistant Provincial Health Officer and Hospital Incident Command System Commander Dr. Liland Estacion confirmed that one PUI died on March 28 in a private hospital here.
The said PUI is a male resident of this city.
The result of his swab test is still pending as of the moment.
Estacion said the patient was also hypertensive. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)