By Dolly Yasa
BACOLOD City – The Bacolod City Emergency Operations Center Task Force (EOC-TF) appealed to the public not to attend social gatherings or dine out with people who are not members of their own household.
The warning was issued after an administrative officer of a hospital in Bacolod contracted COVID-19.
The patient, according to the contact tracing report, attended several social gatherings before the symptoms of COVID-19 set in.
“Let’s discourage social gatherings and eating out with people outside one’s household,” EOC contact tracing head Dr. Rosalie Deocampo said.
Deocampo also reiterated that anyone showing COVID-19 symptoms must seek early consultation.
The Bacolod Respiratory Outpatient (BRO) Center in front of the public plaza continues to offer free consultation and free swabbing for COVID-19, she said.
Meanwhile, EOC executive director City Administrator Em Ang said that the city government also strongly discourages holding of social gatherings with more than 10 attendees for at least the next two weeks while cases are still high.
“It is important to avoid mixing people in one place at the same time because it is one key factor of spreading COVID-19 infection,” said EOC deputy medical Dr. Chris Sorongon.
There has been a spike of COVID-19 positive cases in Bacolod City recently. On March 17, the city recorded 25 new cases.
On March 24, the Department of Health (DOH) reported 19 new cases in Bacolod City. Of the 19 new cases, 17 are local cases while the remaining two cases are APORs (Authorized Persons Outside Residence). (With a report from Bacolod PIO)