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4 covid-19 positive cases registered in Misamis Oriental 

June 21, 2020

CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental - The number of covid-19 positive cases in this province is now four, with the inclusion of latest victim from Claveria town, a fast-booming municipality in the province, the Provincial Health Department reported. Provincial Health Officer Dr Jerie Calingasan told the media that the fourth confirmed case was a 27-year-old resident of Claveria town. The coronavirus disease latest victim arrived at the Macabalan POrt in Cagayan de Oro last June 18, 2020, but he was immediately transported to the isolation facility in Claveria, as soon as he stepped down at the city's port. Health officials say the latest covid-19 victim was assymptomatic which means he has no signs of fever, cough, shortness of breath, or any symptom of the disease. Last week, two confirmed positive for covid-19 in the province were reported by the City Mayor of Gingoog City yesterday, making the number of positive patients to three. Gingoog City Mayor Erick Cañosa said during a press briefing that the Department of Health has confirmed to him that the 30-year-old father and his 1-year-old daughter were all positive of the deadly coronavirus disease,  based on the result of the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) confirmatory test conducted at the Northern Mindanao Center (NMMC) in Cagayan de Oro City. Mayor Cañosa said the father was a construction worker in Tondo Manila and his family were part of the Locally-Stranded individuals (LSIs) who returned to Misamis Oriental on June 10.  Upon arrival in the province, they were immediately brought to the isolation area in Gingoog City to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine before they could go home to their place in Gingoog. He called on the people of Gingoog City to refrain from descriminating the constituents of the city who were tested positive of covid-19. "Akong gihangyo ang atong katawhan nga likayan nato ang mga diskriminasyon kay dili kini maayo nga binuhatan," appeals Mayor Cañosa. The first registered coronavirus positive in Misamis Oriental is now currently undergoing medical treatment at the government-run hospital in Cagayan de Oro. Provincial Health Officer Jerry Calingasan has confirmed the first coronavirus case in the province. During a live interview over Magnum Radio, Calingasan said the first covid-19 positive was a 29-year-old overseas filipino worker (OFW) from Libertad town this province. Calingasan said the OFW worked in Saudi Arabia. He said using this simple tasks would help the people to stay away from the dangers of the deadly coronavirus disease. In fact, 80 percent ang chance nga mas safe kita kung nagasunod kita niini nga basic protocols," he said. Meanwhile, The IATF of Libertad, Misamis Oriental said on its post on Facebook that on June 6, 2020, they have one Person Under Investigation (PUI-Suspect) that they get from Languindingan International Airport and he was immediately brought to the Libertad isolation facility. During examination, he was found out having cough and sore throat which are symptoms of covid-19 on June 11, 2020, and immediately a Rapid Diagnostic Test and RT-PCR via swab test was conducted on that same day. The IATF Libertad has officially announced that the swab test yielded positive result which also made them to decide to coordinate with DOH and to transfer the patient to the Northerm Mindanao Medical Center for proper medication and care. It was learned that the patient had six other OFWs who boarded the same plane that landed at the airport in Laguindingan. A contact-tracing is now conducted by health authorities as the patient might have transmitted the disease to others who boarded the plane, or someone might have also transmitted to him the virus, as he was still negative when he was in Manila. Calingasan said those who boarded the plane are still in quarantine in the towns of Lugait, Villaneuva and Gingoog City. But other passengers of said plane were also from the two Lanal provinces and Misamis Occidental.   The male patient, it was learned, arrived in Manila last May 23 but he undergone a 14-day quarantine upong reaching the aiport in Manila. He was tested there but the result yielded negative. 

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Coronavirus disease cases in Cagayan de Oro could reach 26 if confirmatory swab tests on big company employees yield positive

June 21, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The number of coronavirus disease positive in the city could rise anytime soon, if the confirmatory swab tests on six employees of a big corporate company in the city will also yield positive. The six employees have already yielded positive during a privately-run rapid tests but those were not confirmatory, says Dr. Joselito Retuya, chief epidemiologist at the City Health Office (CHO) The six employees, Retuya said, have still to undergo the confirmatory reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing that is going to be  executed by the by the Department of Health regional office 10 (DOH-10). Retuya urged private companies to coordinate with the City Health Office whenever they plan to administer covid-19 rapid testing on their employees so that they won't face sanctions from the law. Retuya said although all of the six employees tested positive of the rapid testing but said results were not conclusive since the final confirmatory will be done based on  reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). The City's epidemiologist said all of them are now at the city's isolation facility and swab samples were already taken and only waiting for the final results. If they still yielded positive of the confirmatory tests, then massive contact tracing will also be conducted. Also during the press conference, City Health Officer Dr Lorraine Nery they were not informed that a rapid-testing will be conducted on six employees of a big corporate company based in the city.  She said other licensed health professionals may administer the rapid antibody tests, provided that they wear appropriate PPRs and they are supervised by a licensed medical doctor. However, she said, those engaged in the rapid testing must know how to handle once the result comes out. “This failure to comply with their responsibilities, it’s a violation of Republic Act 11332,” she concluded. Meanwhile, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Seriña Moreno lambasted officials of the big company for their failure to coordinate with them the reported rapid testing conducted to six of their employees suspected to have been contaminated by covid-19. “It is irresponsible for them to conduct the tests and then leave the employees to fend for themselves,” the mayor angrily said. He said his office has already sent an official communication, asking top executives of the big company to explain why they should not be sued and held liable for their violations of the protocols on covid-19.  “These companies are reckless. What they have done could spread the virus in the city,” the mayor warned during the press briefing.

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COVID-19 virus infects family of 5 in Cag. De Oro

June 17, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: Five family members, including the father, were confirmed positive for the COVID-19 virus after they underwent “swab testing” following the death of the 34-year-old female COVID-19 positive patient in barangay (village) Carmen here, city health officials said Tuesday. Dr. Joselito Retuya, the city’s epidemiologist, reported that the family were confined in an undisclosed isolation unit in the city after the 34-year-old female patient, a member of the family died of the COVID-19 virus Sunday last week. The 67-year-old father, who brought her daughter to the hospital, was found positive for the COVID-19 virus, a week after her daughter died. The wife and mother of the victim was negative. Aside from the father, the other family members found positive of the virus were the 38-year-old elder daughter and sister of the 34-year-old COVID-19 casualty, 31-year-old daughter and younger sister,  25-year-old brother of the COVID-19 victim, and the 18-year-old son of the  COVID-19 fatality. With the latest case, Cagayan De Oro City has now a total of 19 confirmed COVID-19 positive cases, seven were undergoing treatment, six recovered and six deaths since March 2020. The regional Department of Health (DOH), however, has already tallied a total of 54 confirmed cases in the Northern Mindanao, including the latest six cases, 18 recovered and nine deaths as of Tuesday. In a bulletin issued Tuesday, the DOH showed that the curve trend of COVID-19 cases in Northern Mindanao has flattened starting June 10, 2020 until June 15, 2020. On Monday night, the National Inter-Agency Task Force in the Mitigation of Infectious Diseases has placed Cagayan De Oro City and Misamis Oriental under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) beginning June 16, 2020 until June 30, 2020. -0-      

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Misamis Oriental registers two more covid-19 confirmed cases 

June 15, 2020

MISAMIS ORIENTAL - Two more confirmed positive for covid-19 in the province were reported by the City Mayor of Gingoog City yesterday, making the number of positive patients to three. Gingoog City Mayor Erick Cañosa said during a press briefing that the Department of Health has confirmed to him that the 30-year-old father and his 1-year-old daughter were all positive of the deadly coronavirus disease,  based on the result of the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) confirmatory test conducted at the Northern Mindanao Center (NMMC) in Cagayan de Oro City. Mayor Cañosa said the father was a construction worker in Tondo Manila and his family were part of the Locally-Stranded individuals (LSIs) who returned to Misamis Oriental on June 10.  Upon arrival in the province, they were immediately brought to the isolation area in Gingoog City to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine before they could go home to their place in Gingoog. "Sa atong gi-conduct nga rapid testing, nagpositive and lalaki, iyang asawa ug anak pero sa confirmatory test, nagpositibo gyud gihapon ang bana ug iyang anak nga babaye," Mayor Cañosa said. He called on the people of Gingoog City to refrain from descriminating the constituents of the city who were tested positive of covid-19. "Akong gihangyo ang atong katawhan nga likayan nato ang mga diskriminasyon kay dili kini maayo nga binuhatan," appeals Mayor Cañosa. FIRST COVID-19 IN MISOR Meanwhile, the first registered coronavirus positive in Misamis Oriental is now currently undergoing medical treatment at the government-run hospital in Cagayan de Oro. Provincial Health Officer Jerry Calingasan has confirmed the first coronavirus case in the province. During a live interview over Magnum Radio, Calingasan said the first covid-19 positive was a 29-year-old overseas filipino worker (OFW) from Libertad town this province. Calingasan said the OFW worked in Saudi Arabia. He said using this simple tasks would help the people to stay away from the dangers of the deadly coronavirus disease. In fact, 80 percent ang chance nga mas safe kita kung nagasunod kita niini nga basic protocols," he said. Meanwhile, The IATF of Libertad, Misamis Oriental said on its post on Facebook that on June 6, 2020, they have one Person Under Investigation (PUI-Suspect) that they get from Languindingan International Airport and he was immediately brought to the Libertad isolation facility. During examination, he was found out having cough and sore throat which are symptoms of covid-19 on June 11, 2020, and immediately a Rapid Diagnostic Test and RT-PCR via swab test was conducted on that same day. The IATF Libertad has officially announced that the swab test yielded positive result which also made them to decide to coordinate with DOH and to transfer the patient to the Northerm Mindanao Medical Center for proper medication and care. It was learned that the patient had six other OFWs who boarded the same plane that landed at the airport in Laguindingan. A contact-tracing is now conducted by health authorities as the patient might have transmitted the disease to others who boarded the plane, or someone might have also transmitted to him the virus, as he was still negative when he was in Manila. Calingasan said those who boarded the plane are still in quarantine in the towns of Lugait, Villaneuva and Gingoog City. But other passengers of said plane were also from the two Lanal provinces and Misamis Occidental.   The male patient, it was learned, arrived in Manila last May 23 but he undergone a 14-day quarantine upong reaching the aiport in Manila. He was tested there but the result yielded negative.   

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Moreno touts CDO metropolization again in annual report

June 15, 2020

EVEN as he is confident that Cagayan de Oro will rise up with an indomitable spirit from the coronavirus crisis along with the rest of the country, Mayor Oscar Moreno once again is pushing for the metropolization of the city along with neighboring areas as the city is pumping up to recover from the pandemic. This was one of the gist of the Moreno’s report delivered yearly since 2013 during each Charter Day which was celebrated Monday (June 15) on its 70th anniversary of the founding of the city. “Metropolization is an idea whose time has come. Now people have realized that you cannot think parochial,” Moreno said. “You have to look beyond your boundaries as you get bigger, as you share vision with your neighbors.” The mayor identified at least 14 adjacent localities which can take part in the metropolization of Cagayan de Oro – the municipalities of Tagoloan, Villanueva, Jasaan, Balingasag, Opol, Alubijid, Laguindingan and Gitagum, and El Salvador City, in Misamis Oriental; and the municipalities of Malitbog, Manolo Fortich, Baungon, Talakag and Sumilao, in Bukidnon. He said that together, these local government units can be a powerful collective in harmonizing their plans and lobby as one to other stakeholders, either in the government and the private sector. “The chances of growth and prosperity for the whole region are enhanced. Di na mahimo nga ang atong focus ang ato kaugalingon. Services are better managed and delivered if we do these together such as in the areas of health, peace and order, planning for growth and prosperity, etc.,” Moreno went on. “Imagine how the Laguindingan airport being expanded can help all the LGUs combined with teamwork and harmony in place. There will be more investments between Opol all the way to Initao and even all the way to Lugait and the city of Iligan.” Earlier, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) projected that Cagayan de Oro City may become a metropolis by 2025 based on its population growth and functional role as a major gateway and transshipment hub in the country. As early as 1998, a Philippine Institute for Development Studies report has already envisioned a metropolitan Cagayan de Oro “considering the rapid urbanization being experienced in the area which will further accelerate as industrialization and trading activities are vigorously pursued.” Regarding the city’s recovery from COVID-19, Moreno reminded Kagay-anons that the city has showed its indomitable spirit in rising from the ashes of World War II more than 70 years ago prior to the birth of the city. “That same indomitable spirit also showed during Sendong eight years ago. The ruins of Sendong, if at all, served as an inspiration for the people to grow,” he said. “The virus has affected our plans, has somehow stalled our success but we will not give up. We will not subjugate ourselves. We will rise to the next level and build a better city for our children and for the generations to come.”

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Health official reports 6 more covid-19 positive today in Cagayan de Oro

June 15, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - City Epedimiololgist Joselito Retuya has confirmed during a press conference today of the six more positive cases of coronavirus disease in the city. Dr Retuya said the 16th case was an overseas filipino worker (OFW) in Indonesia and a native of Barangay Bulua, this city. He was asymptomatic and his routine while in Cagayan de Oro was only going to his farm in Opol town in Misamis Oriental. But investigation disclosed that upon his arrival in Manila Airport a few weeks back he was already taken a swab test in Pasig City and the result, which only arrived last week, yielded positive. Currently, the patient was immediately home quarantined in Pasig City. However, his close contacts in Cagayan de Oro and Opol in Misamis Oriental have now been traced some are now on isolation faclities in Cagayan de Oro as they might have been infected by the virus carrier before he went back to Pasig City. Menwhile, City Epidemiologist Retuya also confirmed today five more covid-19 positive from the immediate relatives of the 15h female covid-19 case who lives in Dabatian Street in Barangay Carmen, here, who was rushed to the hospital last week but was already dead on arrival. All of the five latest victims of the deadly coronavirus disease were all family members of the 34-year old first positive in Barangay Carmen The five cases were a 67 year-old male, a 33-year-old male, a 25 year old male and two other female members of the family. They are currently quarantined in isolation facility for positive cases. "This is the highest number in a single day which brings a total of 21 coronavirus cases in Cagayan de Oro City, the city's epidemiologist reported. Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Osca Seriña Moreno also during the press briefing said the people should remain calm despite of this new rise in covid-19 positive in the city. He said the city has now RT-PCR equipment which could easily detect positive cases in the city, as compared in the past that the city is only relying on the results from Davao City'a Southern Philippines. "Dili lang unta mahadlok ang katawhan nga adunay pagtaas na usab sa atong covid cases. Expected kini kay daghan naman kita ug mahines nga dali lang maka detect sa mga nagpositibo ubos lamang sa usa ka adlaw. Mas maayo ang ealier detection kay sa ayha na mahibaw-an nga positive nga molala na kay basin dako ang risgo ilabina kung molala na unya ang kaso," Moreno said. COVID-19 UPDATES IN MISAMIS ORIENTAL In Misamis Oriental, three positive cases of covid-19 were also registered. One was an overseas filipino worker from Saudi Arabia but he was a native of Libertad Municipality in Misamis Oriental, while two were living in Gingoog City. Gingoog City Mayor Erick Cañosa said during a press briefing that the Department of Health has confirmed to him that the 30-year-old father and his 1-year-old daughter were all positive of the deadly coronavirus disease,  based on the result of the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) confirmatory test conducted at the Northern Mindanao Center (NMMC) in Cagayan de Oro City. Mayor Cañosa said the father worked as a construction worker in Tondo Manila before the covid-19 hits Metro Manila a few month's back. His family were part of the Locally-Stranded individuals (LSIs) who returned to Misamis Oriental on June 10.  Upon arrival in the province, they were immediately brought to the isolation area in Gingoog City to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine before they could go home to their place in Gingoog. He called on the people of Gingoog City to refrain from descriminating the constituents of the city who were tested positive of covid-19. "Akong gihangyo ang atong katawhan nga likayan nato ang mga diskriminasyon kay dili kini maayo nga binuhatan," appeals Mayor Cañosa.  Meanwhile, the first registered coronavirus positive in Misamis Oriental is now currently undergoing medical treatment at the government-run hospital in Cagayan de Oro. Provincial Health Officer Jerry Calingasan has confirmed the first coronavirus case in the province. During a live interview over Magnum Radio, Calingasan said the first covid-19 positive was a 29-year-old overseas filipino worker (OFW) from Libertad town this province. Calingasan said the OFW worked in Saudi Arabia. He said using this simple tasks would help the people to stay away from the dangers of the deadly coronavirus disease. In fact, 80 percent ang chance nga mas safe kita kung nagasunod kita niini nga basic protocols," he said. Meanwhile, The IATF of Libertad, Misamis Oriental said on its post on Facebook that on June 6, 2020, they have one Person Under Investigation (PUI-Suspect) that they get from Languindingan International Airport and he was immediately brought to the Libertad isolation facility. During examination, he was found out having cough and sore throat which are symptoms of covid-19 on June 11, 2020, and immediately a Rapid Diagnostic Test and RT-PCR via swab test was conducted on that same day. The IATF Libertad has officially announced that the swab test yielded positive result which also made them to decide to coordinate with DOH and to transfer the patient to the Northerm Mindanao Medical Center for proper medication and care. It was learned that the patient had six other OFWs who boarded the same plane that landed at the airport in Laguindingan. A contact-tracing is now conducted by health authorities as the patient might have transmitted the disease to others who boarded the plane, or someone might have also transmitted to him the virus, as he was still negative when he was in Manila. Calingasan said those who boarded the plane are still in quarantine in the towns of Lugait, Villaneuva and Gingoog City. But other passengers of said plane were also from the two Lanal provinces and Misamis Occidental.   The male patient, it was learned, arrived in Manila last May 23 but he undergone a 14-day quarantine upong reaching the aiport in Manila. He was tested there but the result yielded negative.        

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