More cases of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been recorded for Cebu Province on Friday, May 1. However, these are not local transmissions.
In her daily live streaming on Facebook, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia reported that there are eight new cases - three are from Talisay City and Minglanilla town while five are Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who are on quarantine in Cebu City.
The governor explained that the Covid-19 patient from Barangay Tangke, Talisay City had long been living in Barangay Suba-Pasil in Cebu City since 2000.
“Ang taga Tangke wa na muuli sa Talisay City. Tuig 2000 naa na sa dakbayan sa Sugbo, sa Suba-Pasil. Ug aron madawat sa Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) iyang gigamit ang karaan nga address, iyang gigamit ang Talisay,” she said.
Garcia said one new case has been added in Talisay City - a 33-year-old female from Barangay San Roque. She was the only one who tested positive of the disease in a household of four.
“Usa gayud ang tinud-anay nga positive case sa Talisay City, usa ni siya ka 33-year old female nga nagpuyo sa San Roque, Talisay. Kani siya magbisitahan sa amahan nga nagpuyo sa Inayawan in Cebu City,” she reported.
The 33-year-old female visited her father, a resident of Barangay Inayawan, on April 18. Three days later, her father tested positive of COVID-19. Because of this, she was pulled out from her residence and isolated through the efforts of Talisay City Mayor Gerald “Samsam” Gullas and his health team.
Because of this, Garcia emphasized the importance of strict border controls between the province and Cebu City, which is believed to be the epicenter of COVID-19 cases in Cebu Island.
“Mao kini ang klaro nga ehemplo karon ngano nga ato gayud butangan og strict border controls,” she said.
“More than ever atong respetohan ang border controls. Mao bitaw kadtong Abril 21 gistriktohan pa nato ang border controls, gilimitahan pa nato ang mahimo nga maka-cross ngadto sa Probinsya sa Sugbo. Gi-adopt ni sa Talisay City, Mandaue City og lungsod sa Consolacion,” the governor added.
Garcia also said that even Capitol employees living in the province who are not included in the skeleton workforce did not get any provincial pass.
Meanwhile, the Covid-positive OFWs reported today are part of the 185 repatriated Filipino seafarers who arrived at Cebu City port on April 28, 2020 from Manila. After being subjected to Covid test, 13 were found positive, five of whom were residents of the province.
They were identified as residents of Barangay Poblacion, Liloan; Maya, Daanbantayan; Looc, Danao City; Sacsac, Consolacion; and Colon, Naga City.
Garcia assured that there is no need to panic because they have already been isolated and housed in a quarantine facility in Cebu City.
“Ayaw mo kabalaka kay under quarantine pani sila,” she said, adding that they have been put first on a 14-day mandatory quarantine upon their arrival before they will be sent to their respective hometowns.
The repatriated seafarers underwent quarantine and Covid-19 test through rapid diagnostic testing in Manila. They were allowed to be transported to Cebu after yielding negative results.
Aside from the mandatory quarantine in Cebu City, they were also subjected to swab tests to ensure that they are Covid-free. As it turned out, 18 results came back positive.
Garcia appealed to VSMMC heads to house their employees, who are residents of the province, in Cebu City.
This after the latest case in Minglanilla town, a 31-year-old female from Barangay Linao, is a doctor and co-worker of the town's first case who is a nurse of the same hospital.
Mayors of the different towns and cities in the province also share the same request even though health workers are exempted from the border controls.
“…wala mag dili (health workers working in Cebu City). Apan alang sa kasiguroan sa mga kauban sa probinsya anhi nalang sa i-house sa Cebu City, same sa gihimo sa private hospital,” Garcia said. (Mylen Manto)