EVEN with the decrease in the number of persons under monitoring (PUM) for COVID-19, the City Health Office of Cagayan de Oro is not letting their guard down.
In a press conference March 31, city health officer Lorraine Nery said they are eyeing to expand their surveillance to include persons who are experiencing flu-like symptoms but not necessarily PUMs.
A person is automatically considered a PUM upon arriving in Cagayan de Oro starting March 20 after traveling elsewhere in the country.
As of presstime, there are only 85 persons left who have not yet completed their 14-day quarantine.
"This is the essence of community quarantine. Our BHERTs will conduct monitoring on a house-to-house basis," Nery said.
BHERTs are the barangay emergency response team institutionalized by the Philippine government as a grassroots preemptive response to COVID-19.
Flu-like symptoms include fever, ache, chills, fatigue, weakness, sneezing, chest discomfort, cough, stuffy nose, sore throat and headache.
In a related development, the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) has merged the checkpoints in its boundaries to maximize its personnel and smoothen the flow of vehicles.
The checkpoint in barangay Bugo is now merged with that of Tagoloan municipality while the checkpoint at barangay Iponan is now infused with the one situated in El Salvador City.