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.