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2 seniors die from Covid-19

·      City ramps up on health protocols

·      BPLO serves closure order on restaurant

ORMOC CITY – Two seniors suffering from Covid-19 related illnesses have expired in two hospitals here in Ormoc City on December 12, Saturday. The city now has 3 people recorded as having died from Covid-19.

They were buried as soon as possible, and accordingly, grieving relatives did not even see them for a last glimpse. 

The City has also recorded 19 new positive cases on Sunday, December 13, from results released by the Department of Health (DOH). All are already isolated, including their primary contacts. Most of the positives are close contacts of previous positives.

As of press time, the City has 70 active positive cases, the highest since the pandemic started.

In a data gathered from the City Health Department, it was learned that of the 70, 3 are currently hospitalized; 21 have mild symptoms; and, 2 have moderate symptoms.

After the latest deaths, there is nobody classified as having severe symptoms.

47, on the other hand, are asymptomatic.

The City Health has also released data on where these 70 cases come from, involving 29 barangays or 26% of Ormoc’s 110 villages.

The village with the highest number is Brgy. Alta Vista with 9 positives, to include 7 jail personnel. The second is District 4, with 8 positives, followed by San Pablo and Tambulilid with 7 each. Danhug has 5, Punta has 4, Linao and Don Felipe Larrazabal has 3, Cogon, Cabaon-an and District 13 have 2 each. The rest have 1 each consisting of Bagong Buhay, Concepcion, Can-Adieng, Catmon, Dolores, Alegria, District 10, District 17, District 18, District 2, District 24, Doña Feliza Mejia, Hugpa, Libertad, Liloan, Macabug, and San Isidro.

The homes of these positives and their primaries have been subjected to granular lockdowns. The secondaries, per contact tracing, have been advised to stay on strict home quarantine or self-isolation.

Mayor Richard Gomez has ordered the re-imposition of strict health protocols and prohibition against mass gatherings and parties.

As of the afternoon of Sunday, police have been deployed to monitor beaches like Lili-on where big gatherings have been reported.

Joel Mendoza, business permits officer, on the other hand, has served on the popular Highlands Barbecue in Brgy. Dolores a Cease and Desist Order for violation of health protocols. This, after pictures of patrons surfaced on social media having a party in their restaurant and doing a group pose without masks. Mendoza said that Christian Dale Bitor, one of the Highlands owner, has refused to receive the CDO. Mendoza said that he just posted the CDO in front of the restaurant as compliance. By EV Mail Editorial Team

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