In light of the recent report that there are two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, the Iloilo City Health Office released a statement revealing that Iloilo City is “still COVID-free”. An official statement was made by Dr. Roland Jay Fortuna, COVID-19 Focal Person of the City Health Office.
“On March 5, 2020, the Department of Health reported that there are two (2) additional confirmed cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) here in the Philippines. Both positive cases are now confined at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Manila. Contact tracing and close coordination with the concerned Local Government Units done by the Department of Health in order to strengthen infection prevention and control protocols,” an excerpt from the official statement from the City Health Office.
“Although the current events are significant, Iloilo City has still no reported positive case of COVID-19 as of today. But with these developments, Iloilo City is constantly preparing to respond to potential risk and consequences brought about by the public health threat,” it added.
Moreover, the City Health urges the public to be vigilant and to practice safety measures such as regular hand washing with proper drying of hands, good respiratory hygiene, early self-isolation of those feeling unwell, avoiding close contact with sick people, avoiding spitting in public, and avoiding touching one’s eyes, nose, or mouth.
“In case you feel sick and develop flu-like symptoms after your travel immediately report to us or seek medical consultation. Together let us help contain the spread of the virus and keep Iloilo safe and health,”the statement added.