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Thursday, December 8, 2022

No quarantine for 3-day essential travels, says Camiguin guv

CAMIGUIN (PIA)–Allowing essential or emergency travel among its residents to other areas, Gov. Jurdin Jesus Romualdo said there will be no mandatory 14-day quarantine imposed for their three-day stay in their destination, given that they do not manifest signs and symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID)-19.


In a live video feed, August 6, Romualdo said those who exceeded from the allowable days will be required to undergo the 14-day quarantine in the province’s isolation units. 


Through the province’s health card, an individual’s history of travel or possible COVID-19 exposure will be monitored by the Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTS).


“Ayaw pagkuha ug tiket kung wala ka pa’y acceptance sa lungsod, barangay o probinsya. Except kung Hatid Tulong ka (Do not purchase a ticket [going to Camiguin] if you have not yet secured a certificate of acceptance from the municipality, barangay or province unless you are part of the Hatid Tulong program),” Romualdo said citing the protocol for those who wish to return to the province. 


Other proposed measures


Romualdo said the province through Rep. Xavier Jesus Romualdo requests for an inclusion of reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing provision as a tourist destination identified by the Department of Tourism (DOT). 


The governor said they will temporarily use the space for dialysis in the province’s hospital for the RT-PCR testing. He however stressed that the dialysis facility will still be pursued. 

Medical technologists from Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) will be tapped to train the staff in the proposed RT-PCR testing laboratory in Camiguin.


Also, with an augmented police personnel in the province, Romualdo said it is now easier to monitor compliance on the minimum public health standards and further contain the spread of COVID-19 in the province. 


As of August 5, the province has recorded 1 confirmed COVID-19 case from Mahinog along with 299 persons with history of travel or possible COVID-19 exposure, of which 170 are from Mambajao, 69 from Mahinog, 9 from Guinsiliban, 21 from Sagay, and 30 from Catarman. The asymptomatic confirmed case, a locally stranded individual from Talisay, Cebu, is currently placed at the municipal isolation unit. (RTP/PIA10)