By Dumaguete MetroPost
The local government unit of Mabinay, Negros Oriental, through the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, imposed on Wednesday a strict mandatory home quarantine on 56 households to stem the transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019.
Dr. Ernest Uy, municipal health officer and IATF incident commander of Mabinay, in an interview Wednesday afternoon said these households are in Purok Proper of barangay Inapoy, where an allied health worker positive of Covid-19 resides.
Uy said the community quarantine will bar the concerned residents from leaving their Purok until further notice, most likely until after the results of the throat swab tests of the health worker’s immediate family members are released.
The swab tests of the five family members of the CoViD-19 positive health worker were conducted Thursday, he said.
The LGU will provide the quarantined residents with food and other necessities for the duration of the mandatory quarantine, Uy added.
Although he admitted the lack of police personnel to keep an eye on the Purok 24/7, they have come up with a mechanism to ensure that there are no violators of the community quarantine, the doctor said.
Early this week, the provincial task force, through Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion, announced nine new CoViD-19 positive cases in the province.
Two of them were a 32-year-old and 47-year-old female health workers assigned at the Inapoy Community Primary Hospital in Mabinay.
The two health workers had come into direct contact with a nurse from Negros Occidental who tested positive of the coronavirus, and died last week, Estacion said.
The other allied health worker from the Inapoy Community Primary Hospital had returned to her hometown in Sibulan on board a Ceres bus, Uy said.
Contact tracing is now being done to locate all the persons that both allied health workers had come in contact with, he added.
Last week, Estacion announced the temporary shutdown of the New Community Primary Hospital following the death of its head nurse. (Judy F. Partlow/PNA)
This story appears courtesy of Dumaguete MetroPost.