Barangays told to identify, seal off “ultra risk” areas

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines — Barangays here have been given the authority to identify and seal off “ultra risk” areas, placing these areas under “complete lockdown” for two weeks.

Bacolod City Mayor Evelior R. Leonardia. | DNX file photo
Bacolod City Mayor Evelior R. Leonardia. | DNX file photo

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, in his Executive Order No. 28, gave the barangays with the task to identify these areas, in close coordination with the City Health Office, and the Bacolod.

These “ultra risk” areas are those “areas, neighborhoods, and residences” that have residents who fit the following criteria: (a) may have tested posted for COVID-19, and have not recovered, whether they are in quarantine centers, at home, or in hospitals; or (b) residents who may have passed away with COVID-19 symptoms but sans confirmatory results.

In the E.O., the City Health Office should first give the details of the residents to barangay officials. The barangay officials concerned would then identify the exact location, or residences, or last known addresses of those who fit the criteria.

The barangay heads, along with the CHO, and assisted by the police would then inspect the area to determine extent of lockdown area.

In subdivisions with fenced houses, the lockdown may cover only the residences of the patient concerned, and all the people in that household. In subdivisions where residences are separated by a wall, the lockdown may include the lockdown from both sides, and at the back of the patient’s house.

Meanwhile, residences in densely-populated areas, the lockdown shall cover a 50-meter radius from patient’s house.

Those under lockdown will be given contact numbers of the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team who will help facilitate the purchase of supplies until the 14-day quarantine is up.

The situation will then be fully assessed before the lockdown is lifted.

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