ILIGAN CITY —– The local government unit of Ozamiz has implemented starting 12:00 noon on Wednesday, March 18, a strict community quarantine despite having zero case of COVID-19 in the city.
Mayor Sancho Oaminal said all vessels and air transportations has been suspended and land travels, although permitted, has been restricted.
The operations of barge or roll-on roll-off (RORO) from Mukas in Kolambogan town in Lanao del Norte were being suspended.
RORO is the most convenient way to enter Ozamiz or to go to Misamis Occidental, Dipolog City and parts of Zamboanga del Norte.
With the suspension of sea travel, motorists and or passengers who are going to the said places have to go through Zamboanga del Sur areas and travel for about 3 hours, instead of 15 minutes, before reaching Ozamiz.
Oaminal clarified that residents of Ozamiz, especially those who are coming home, after their works were suspended, can enter Ozamiz provided they will follow the guidelines at the checkpoints where their body temperature is taken through infrared thermometer gun.
If their body manifest 38 degrees celsius or more, their basic data such as name, address, age and travel history will be recorded and they will be put in an isolation area until their body temperature returns to normal.
“If they are going to places beyond Ozamiz, they will be escorted by marshalls until they get out from the city. They are not allowed to stop even for a little period of time. Our purpose is to contain the spread of the vírus if ever one or some of them have it,” Oaminal said.
Oaminal explained that despite the strict community quarantine, there has no order of closing business establishments provided they have available sanitizers for their costumers or clients and the establishments will encourage them to observe social distancing.
“We are closely monitoring them to comply that guidelines or else we will close them. But you know, many establishments voluntarily closed because they know they cannot observe social distancing especially the salons, massage clinics,” Oaminal said.
In Ozamiz, one person under investigation (PUI) are admitted in the hospital after the other one has been cleared and discharged on Wednesday.
The remaining PUI, a male, has severe condition and is awaiting for his COVID-19 test result.
There are seven PUIs in a home quarantine for having mild symptoms.
As of March 18, LGU Ozamiz is monitoring 159 persons who came from a travel in Metro Manila.
Most of them are students and their coaches who participated in the recently concluded National Schools Press Conference in Luzon according to Oaminal.