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Police enforce strict guidelines on CDO’s virus infected village

May 9, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro Ciity--Police quarantined portion of Carmen, one of the largest villages here, following the death of the female patient who was diagnosed positive for the COVID-19 virus. The latest fatality was a 61-year-old female relative of City Mayor Oscar Moreno, who was admitted to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) on May 1 but died five days later. Police cordoned part of the area as part of the quarantine measures to prevent the virus from spreading in the neighborhood while health officials conduct swabbing test on some of the closest neighbors. The streets along Zayas, Carmen was also being disinfected as the police advised all motorists to look for alternative roads and streets not covered by the quarantined area. The latest casualty was the among the latest three patients diagnosed COVID-19 positive. The two others were admitted to the NMMC and were reported to be in stable condition. Dr. Bernardo Rocha, of the NMMC, said Saturday that the NMMC has not admitted any COVID-19 related cases for the last 24-hour.

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Village officials urge Moreno to declare Oro under ECQ as Covid-19 cases swell

May 8, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Village Chiefs (Punong Barangays) here on Friday demanded for the imposition of the “enhance community quarantine” as COVID-19 virus invaded this seaport capital of 800,000 people in Northern Mindanao. The Department of Health on Thursday confirmed that three more 'locally transmitted' COVID-19 positive cases were monitored in Cagayan De Oro City after the death of the 21-year-0ld COVID-19 positive patient on Tuesday. The village chiefs representing 26 villages in the city’s 80 rural and urban villages made the call following the death and the presence of COVID-19 positive cases from three villages here. The three COVID-19 positive patients came from the villages of Carmen, Camaman-an, and Lumbia. The patient from Lumbia died Tuesday while the COVID-19 patient from Carmen died on Wednesday. Two more COVID-19 positive patients were also monitored in Pinikitan, Camaman-an, who was admitted to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC). The two newly confirmed COVID-19 positive patients were mother and daughter of the COVID-19 positive patient from Camaman-an who died two weeks ago. Health officials said that there is a possibility of a locally transmitted COVID-19 virus in the city, prompting the village chiefs to call for the imposition of the ECQ in the entire city. Provincial Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano wrote to President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday asking the national Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) to declare the entire Misamis Oriental and Cagayan De Oro City until ECQ. At present, the IATF-MED declared Misamis Oriental as a COVID-19 “moderate risk area” after the province recorded a “zero” COVID-19 cases from March 2020 to present.

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Mayor Moreno’s kin, latest COVID 19 casualty in CDO

May 7, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Mayor Oscar Moreno on Wednesday announced that the latest COVID-19 fatality, who lived in the village (Barangay) of Carmen here, was his relative. The 61-year-old female patient originally came from the municipality of Balingasag, the hometown of Moreno, in the province of Misamis Oriental. Moreno said that his relative was active in the distribution and packaging of the relief goods in Carmen prior to her admission to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) hospital on May 1, 2020. Dr. Joselito Retuya, the city health epidemiologist, task to conduct contact tracing of COVID-19 positive patients, said that the patient had a swab test on May 3, 2020. He said that the patient died on May 5, 2020, a day after the swab result confirming that she was COVID-19 positive on May 6, 2020. The latest victim was one of the three COVID-19 positive patients from Cagayan De Oro City announced by the Department of Health (DOH) on May 5, 2020. The two other COVID-19 positive patients came from Pinikitan in the village of Camaman-an. Their health conditions at the NMMC remain stable, health officials said.

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Delayed by Covid-19: Solon commends BOC over re-export of Sokor waste

April 24, 2020

VILLANUEVA, Misamis Oriental--Second district Rep. Juliette T. Uy yesterday commended the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Department of Finance (DOF) for not forgeting the re-exportation of Verde Soko waste delayed by Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). In a statement, Rep. Uy said: On behalf of the residents of Misamis Oriental, I thank Customs Commissioner Rey Guerrero and the Department of Finance for not forgetting the 2,500 MT (metric tons) of Verde Soko waste still to be sent back to South Korea but was delayed because of COVID-19." In a DoF news release, retired general Guerrero was reported to have identified 2,500 MT of waste which still need to be re-bagged. “The re-exportation took some time because the wastes have been exposed to natural elements of heat and rain, which made it difficult to re-bag and stuff inside the containers,” Guerrero said in his report to Dominguez, according to the news release issued on April 22. "Rest assured that the Bureau will undertake all the necessary means, within the bounds of law, in order to expedite the re-exportation of these wastes,” Guerrero told Dominguez, the news release said further. On one hand, Rep Uy said: "We (in Misamis Oriental) will continue to work with the Bureau of Customs to bring this Verde Soko to its proper conclusion and work toward closure through the prosecution of all persons and organizations involved." "It is also our hope that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) here and in Manila will not relent in their continuing investigation and prosecution of the cases against those charged and those still at large." (MRS)

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New COVID-19 positive patient admitted in Cagayan de Oro

April 17, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Another patient was diagnosed positive with the COVID-19 virus Friday, bringing to a total of two COVID-19 positive patients currently confined in the state-owned hospital here. The Department of Health (DOH) made the disclosure during a press conference about COVID-19 update in this premier port capital of Northern Mindanao. Dr. Jose Chan, medical director, of the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), the only government referral hospital involving infectious diseases in the region, said that the patient was admitted to the hospital on April 9, 2020. He said that the patient, a 68-year-old male, came from Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur, who has an exposure with his son who have a travel history in Manila. Chan said the patient is in stable condition, but doctors are closely monitoring because the patient sometimes complained of difficulty in breathing. The admission of suspected COVID-19 patients considered as Persons Under Investigation (PUI) at the NMMC has declined for the past weeks, leaving a total of only six patients.

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CDO, Misor on a stalemate in quarantine measures at boundaries

April 16, 2020

  Just this morning, the City Health Office of Cagayan de Oro has stopped issuing certificates fit to travel to persons needing to enter Misamis Oriental. The City Health Office stated that under the COVID-19 Task Force guidelines, company IDs for people working at Phividec and other essential businesses in Misamis Oriental are enough requirements to be presented at Tagoloan and Opol checkpoints. Also included are all authorized persons outside residence as indicated by the IATF.   After learning of this new development, Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano said he stands by his earlier decision to require travel passes from CDO residents entering Misamis Oriental as issued by the City Health Office.   But later in the interview, Emano said that if the situation worsens, he will evaluate the matter and may order the Provincial Health Office to issue such health pass to affected persons. The Provincial Health Office is based at the Capitol compound in Cagayan de Oro City. .

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