In a social media post, the Iloilo City COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center explains ‘surgical lockdown’. This is after several barangays have been placed under it. Surgical lockdowns are being imposed on some portions of barangays in Iloilo City to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease.
“Areas with three or more active cases will be put under containment. Surgical lockdown does not mean total lockdown of whole barangay, but only the residences of positive patient and close contacts identified by contact tracing team. The purpose of surgical lockdown is to control and limit movement of persons who have been close contacts of positive cases, and to stop spread of COVID-19,” explains City COVID Team spokesperson Jeck Conlu.
Medical officers and barangay officials conduct a thorough investigation of possible close contacts in the area. Barangay officials identify the number of people and households to be put under control. Then, the City Social Welfare and Development Office personnel then supply food and necessities to affected households until the Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) swab results are released. Persons with a positive result will be transported by Iloilo City Emergency Response (ICER).
“Negative result still means strict home quarantine until the 14-day period is complied or depending on the assessment of doctors. The City COVID Team’s decision is based on the recommendation of district medical health officers,” adds Conlu.
“We remind persons in barangays under surgical lockdown to limit going out of their houses, and strictly follow health protocols including proper use of face mask, face shield and wash or sanitize hands,” Conlu concludes.
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