In addition to the five coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) recoveries which were earlier reported by the Provincial Health Office (PHO), three more patients were tested negative of the deadly virus bringing the total to eight as of April 13, 7 pm COVID-19 update of the PHO.
The new recoveries include:
66 year-old female patient from Brgy. Binalay, Malasiqui who was admitted at the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital (PPH) last March 22;
33 year-old male patient from Brgy. Salomague, Bugallon who was admitted in the same facility on March 27;
A 75-year old male patient from Infanta, who was admitted at the Region 1 Medical Center on March 22.
The recovered patients from Malasiqui and Bugallon had travel exposures in Metro Manila where they possibly have contracted the virus, while the patient from Infanta had possible exposure to COVID-19 in Dagupan City.
As of April 13, PHO record shows that there are 33 confirmed cases in Pangasinan with 16 patients confined, 9 deaths and eight recoveries.
On the other hand, latest update on Persons Under Investigation (PUI), show that there are 142 total of PUIs in which 70 were confined, 52 recovered and 20 died.
It was also reported that of the 90,653 total number of Persons Under Monitoring (PUM) all throughout the province, a total of 84,759 have completed their home quarantine, while 5531 are still under home quarantine.
Meanwhile, the provincial government has continuously implementing ways and measures to primarily ensure the safety of the people. One of which is the recent signing of Provincial Ordinance No. 235-2020 by Gov. Amado I. Espino III that requires the mandatory wearing of facemasks. Thus, the people of Pangasinan are mandated to wear facemasks in public regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.
Gov. Espino also extended the Extreme Enhanced Community Quarantine up April 21, 2020.
Health measures implemented by the provincial government include misting canon operation in different localities in Pangasinan particularly in the government health facilities and market areas which were made possible through the Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) and the Provincial Engineering Office (PEO).
Also, the provincial government distributed vitamins, masks and alcohol to all frontliners in the province. The distribution was conducted in all local government units (LGUs) where each received 120 boxes of Vitamin B and Vitamin C, respectively, 400 pieces of surgical masks and 15 liters of alcohol.
The law enforcement frontliners which include the police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Phil. Army and Army Reservists were also given relief goods like sacks of rice, canned goods and instant noodles.
The provincial government also provides protective gears, foods and dwelling place to COVID-19 warriors particularly the health workers at PPH.
The provincial government likewise converted the farmers’ pavillion of Provincial Agriculture Office located in Tebag, Sta. Barbara, into a half-way house where recovered Patients Unders Investigation (PUI) will stay for 15 days for continuous monitoring of their health conditions.
As such, the provincial government is requesting the public to cooperate and do their share in helping fight the pandemic by way of following the rules, staying home and healthy, observe proper hygiene and physical distancing. (Ruby R. Bernardino)