March 4, 2024

The city government is encouraging the public to continue observing the precautionary measures against the Covid-19 as cases are still being recorded in the city.

Dr. Donnabel Panes, head of the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of the City Health Services Office, reported there are five active Covid-19 cases in the city during a media forum at City Hall last week.

Precautionary measures against Covid-19 include wearing of face masks, frequent handwashing, and social distancing if possible. Face masks are needed especially in crowded places and risk areas such as hospitals, despite government orders dropping its use.

Panes said the city government is also waiting for the arrival of new batches of Covid-19 vaccines.

“A culture of protection and prevention is needed as the virus is still much in circulation especially with the opening of classes, face-to-face group activities and leisure venues,” Panes said.

She said since the start of the pandemic, there have been 47,145 cases and 932 direct Covid-19 deaths in the city. More deaths were listed as to the effect of the pandemic, including self-inflicted harm, due to anxiety and depression.

As of now, the Covid Arcturus subtype is dominant but can be detected in hospital tests.

The symptoms of Covid-19 include fever/chills, cough, difficulty in breathing, fatigue, body pains, and headache. 

Symptomatics, especially those below 12 years old, are advised to stay home to clear hospital beds as displacement may go up to 80 percent and save work hour costs for the watcher.

Panes said it is important to know the risks and undergo screening procedures in health facilities.

Schools have also reported cases of conjunctivitis or sore eyes since September and therefore frequent handwashing is advised.  – Julie G. Fianza