Several doctors, who are in the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19, meet with Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo today in order to devise means and strategies to prevent an upsurge of cases in Dumaguete City.
City Health Officer Dr. Sarah B. Talla, Dr. Irene Mirasol, Dr. Dehuel Cuyacot, Dr. Brian Calinawagan, Dr. Gamaliel Garcia and City Chief-of-Police Lt. Col. Mark Gifter Sucalit extensively discussed with Mayor Remollo the current situation COVID-19 situation in the city.
Based on the data among the hospitals and of the City Health Office, many of the COVID Positive cases in the city are caused by family members who had business outside of home by reason of work and infected those in the households where they share the same dining utensils, sleeping quarters and bathrooms.
Mayor Remollo stressed that people must remain vigilant even when they are at home, avoid sharing utensils and prolonged gatherings with members of the household.
Negros Oriental is officially under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), which allows some outdoor non-contact sports activities, restaurant dining and other gatherings at 50% of venue capacity.
Being a component city of the province of Negros Oriental and the center of trade, commerce and health industry, Dumaguete City cannot impose lockdown or community quarantine unless approved by higher authorities.
However, the police and the barangay will intensify the enforcement of the use of face masks and social distancing in all public places along with massive information campaign.
Non-wearing of face masks requires a fine of P 3, 000.00 and imprisonment of ten (10) days for every count based on City Ordinance No. 65.
For now, people from outside Dumaguete City are discouraged from coming to the city unless extremely necessary or related to seeking urgent medical care.