Employees of the local government here temporarily stopped work and were ordered to go home shortly before noon Wednesday after one of their colleagues tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Mayor Josef Cagas ordered the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) to conduct disinfection inside various offices of the city hall and the Sangguniang Panlungsod buildings.
Vice-Mayor Johari Baña, in a phone patch interview on a local television station, confirmed that one of the employees in the city government contracted the disease.
Baña said there was no lockdown but they were just told to pack up and go home to pave the way for the disinfection of areas within the perimeter of the city hall and the legislative buildings which are just a few meters apart.
Baña assured the public the city government is working to establish the identities of the patient’s close contacts.
Dr. Ronald Jumilla, Digos City Epidemiology Surveillance Unit chief, said contact tracing is now being done.
As of October 6, the city government has 93 confirmed Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, with 70 recoveries, two deaths, and 21 active cases.
Cagas has issued advisory guidelines on October 2 declaring a stricter implementation of all the health protocols of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging and Infectious Diseases to prevent further spread of the disease in the city following the sudden surge of cases in some areas.
Curfew hours were moved to 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. from the previous 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
The public is also discouraged from holding mass gatherings. The wearing of facemasks and face shields are required in public places while observing the prescribed physical distancing.
Tricycles-for-hire are only allowed two passengers and business establishments are also required to provide log books or information sheets for their clients for contact tracing purposes.
There will be limited movement on Sundays where all modes of public transportation in the city are prohibited; private establishments, malls, and the city public markets will be closed; and religious activities are limited to 50 percent capacity. (PNA)