Governor Amado I. Espino III assured that the Provincial Government of Pangasinan is exerting all its efforts in active case finding to control the spread of the COVID-19 in the province.
Governor Espino said that the provincial government is saddened over the increase of COVID-19 cases in the province.
It can be learned that Pangasinan reported 23 new active cases on July 24, the highest increase recorded in the province in a day.
The rise of confirmed cases in Pangasinan, the provincial chief executive disclosed, is also an effect of the return of some locally stranded individuals, who are mostly from the National Capital Region, that may be carriers of the virus.
“Nakakalungkot po dahil tumataas po ang ating kaso pero given na po ito dahil sa may mga kababayan pumapasok sa sating probinsya at hindi naman po natin pwedeng ibalewala ang utos ng national government na papasukin ang mga locally-stranded individuals,” Governor Espino disclosed.
Governor Espino also bared that the provincial government of Pangasinan intensified its active case finding through the expanded mass testing.
Now on its second wave, the expanded mass testing of the provincial government now targets frontline hospital workers, local health officers (doctors, nurses, midwives, ambulance drivers), Philippine National Police personnel, risk reduction staff and Bureau of Fire Protection personnel among others.
Provincial Health Officer Anna Ma. Teresa S. De Guzman further stated that the rise of confirmed COVID-19 cases is a side effect of the active case finding of the provincial government.
“Ang pagtaas po ng kaso sa ating probinsya ay inaasahan na natin dahil ang second round ng mass testing po natin ay target ang ating mga frontline workers, ” Dr. De Guzman said.
Based on the latest report of the Provincial Health Office, there are a total of 69 active cases as of July 25. Of the number, 15 are PNP personnel, the PHO report also stated.
The provincial health officer added that according to the data from the Department of Health among the most populated provinces in the country, Pangasinan ranked 17th in terms of the recorded COVID-19 positive cases.
Dr. De Guzman clarified that Pangasinan will not be reverted back to Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) despite the increase of COVID-19.
In response to the statement and appeal of the Region 1 Medical Center to restore ECQ in Pangasinan, Dr. De Guzman stated: “Base po sa pagsusuri naming sa datos ng kaso sa probinsya ng Pangasinan, ito ay talagang tataas dahil tayo ay nagkakaroon ng mass testing na parte ng maigting na active case finding na ginagawa natin dito sa Pangasinan sa direktiba ni Governor Espino.”
Dr. De Guzman also disclosed that Pangasinan has not reached critical zone, based on the zoning containment classification or strategy releases by the National Task Force for COVID-19, hence, there is no need for the reinstatement of ECQ in the province of Pangasinan
(Shiella Mae C. De Guzman)