Importance of adherence to the Minimum Public Health Standards even with the COVID-19 vaccination about to begin
LOOK: In an interview last February 15, 2021, Dr. Rontgene Solante of San Lazaro Hospital emphasized the importance of adherence to the Minimum Public Health Standards even with the COVID-19 vaccination about to begin.He noted that the use of face masks, face shields, and physical distancing are still important to prevent the risk of transmission and viral mutation.
DOH Beat COVID-19 Special Presser: Updates on Biosurveillance Efforts | February 19, 2021
DOH PRESS RELEASE
PR No: 2021-02-18-01
18 February 2021
DOH: COVID-19 TREND STABILIZING BUT EXTRA VIGILANCE NEEDED TO RETAIN TREND AND CONTINUE REOPENING ECONOMY
Press Release | 18 February 2021
From the observed rise in cases in some areas in the country due to increased mobility during the holiday season, the Department of Health (DOH) reported that it is now seeing a plateau in the number of COVID-19 cases. As of February 15, the country has recorded a total of 550,860 COVID-19 cases, of which 27,588 or 5% of the cases remain active. The active case rate is an improvement from the 8-9% active cases reported previously. The country’s recovery rate is also at 92.9% which is a good indicator in the country's management of COVID-19 cases.
REPORT ON THE TWO CASES OF VACCINATED OFWs IN CEBU CITY
Press Release | February 18, 2021
The Department of Health Central Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH CVCHD) issues this statement on the two Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who had their COVID-19 vaccinations from their countries of origin.
He arrived in Mactan, Cebu on 5 January 2021 from United Arab Emirates (UAE). He received two doses of vaccines on 12 December 2020 and on 2 January 2021. Upon arrival in Mactan, Cebu on 5 January 2021, and underwent mandatory quarantine. He was subsequently released on January 20, 2021. The said OFW underwent rt-PCR testing on 8 February 2021 as a requirement for his travel back to his workplace. The result came out positive the following day. He has remained asymptomatic throughout.
The second case, a 25-year-old, female, from Canada had her first dose of vaccine on 13 January 2021. She arrived in Mactan, Cebu on 9 February 2021, and was placed on quarantine. Swabbing for rt-PCR was done on day 5, 14 February 2021 and which turned out to be positive for SARS-CoV-2. She remains asymptomatic.
Both cases stress the importance of vaccines in preventing severe and clinical disease.
Additionally, as early as 8 February 2021, CVCHD has drafted guidelines on protocols for the acceptance of Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs), OFWs, and travelers arriving in Central Visayas from countries with vaccinations. The implementation of these protocols has facilitated the recovery of these two OFWs.
As the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic continues to unfold, we remain to be proactive.