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As cases rise, Mayor Sara reminds Dabawenyos of importance of health protocols

October 16, 2020 - Friday 10:10 PM by Davao City Information Office

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Amid an increasing number of coronavirus cases in Davao City, Mayor Inday Sara Duterte has told Dabawenyos not to let their guard down and follow health protocols at all times. 

Mayor Sara reiterated reminders to practice the basic health protocols as many of the recent coronavirus transmission has been common in workplaces and establishments based on the contact tracing activities of the City Health Office (CHO). 

“Kinahanglan ang mga tao nato sa opisina lagyo. Dili gyud na sila pwede magdug-ol. Dili gyud na nato pwede tanggalon ang atoang masks kay ang Covid-19 is highly contagious. Importante gyud nga dunay strict implementations sa health protocols sa atoang mga opisina (People in the offices need to be apart from each other. They cannot go near each other. We really should not remove our masks because Covid-19 is highly contagious. It is important that we have the strict implementation of the health protocols inside the offices),” she said in an interview broadcasted over Davao City Disaster Radio on Friday.

Mayor Sara cited the offices with the city government, particularly the Sangguniang Panlungsod Administrative Division and the Hall of Justice in Ecoland.

“There was a positive case at the Sangguniang Panlungsod Administrative Division so wala na gihulat sa atoang City Health Office nga magtakod-takod. Ang gibuhat sa ilaha gipa work from home and then gitagaan og schedule kung kanus-a pwede ang testing para mabalik sila dayon sa ilahang opisina (the City Health Office did not wait for the virus to spread, they (staff) were immediately told to work from home and then given a schedule for their swabbing so they can immediately go back to the office,)” she said.

As for the Hall of Justice, the number of positive cases was not revealed by the mayor but she stated that the CHO and the infectious diseases doctors have given their recommendations as to the actions to be taken by the staff.

As of press time, data from the Department of Health (DoH) Davao Region shows that there are a total of 2,512 Covid-19 cases in the region with 539 active, 1,866 recovered, and 107 deaths.