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Bacolod has begun vaccinating senior citizens.

By: Shanice Reyes | May 02, 2021
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Even though the whole province of Negros Occidental is under the least restrictive quarantine status, the governor calls on residents to act as if the province is under a stricter quarantine and follow health and safety protocols strictly. Meanwhile, Bacolod City began maximizing its COVID-19 testing activities after police officers in one station tested positive. For travel news, Don Salvador Benedicto resumed excursion activities for leisure tourists. And for health news, Bacolod City started its vaccination rollout for the elderly.

Quarantine Updates

Act as if under GCQ, Negros Occidental Governor appeals

Even though Negros Occidental is under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson appealed to Negrenses to act as if the province is under a stricter quarantine status [1]. Noting a surge in new COVID-19 cases in the province, the Department of Health Western Visayas identified the Negros Occidental as a “high-risk” area. In President Duterte’s most recent quarantine update, Negros Occidental is under MGCQ until May 14. Under this quarantine status, the public is still required to comply with health, safety protocols.

COVID-19 testing in Bacolod City maximized

After 14 police officers tested positive for the coronavirus disease [2], the Bacolod City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will aggressively conduct surveillance testing in different areas in the city. The EOC stressed that they would focus on persons with a high risk of catching the virus by putting them immediately under isolation as a safety protocol. The center assured individuals under quarantine that they will provide them food and other necessities to help them recover and cope while they are in isolation.

The EOC continues to discourage non-essential social gatherings and dining out among individuals not living in the same household [3].

Travel Updates: Short leisure trips resume in Don Salvador Benedicto

After the expiry of the one-week moratorium in Don Salvador Benedicto, leisure trips in the town are now allowed. Excursion activities that are once again allowed include swimming, camping, training, cycling, and hiking. Meanwhile, Mayor Marxlene Dela Cruz mentioned that the town maintained zero COVID-19 cases since residents cooperated with the authorities by observing the government’s safety, health protocols [4].

Health News: Bacolod senior citizens start receiving COVID-19 vaccines

In Bacolod City, the first batch of senior citizens received Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines during the launch of the vaccination program last April 26. The vaccination sites were the lobby of the Government Center and the barangay centers in Villamonte, Mandalagan, Vista Alegre, and Singcang-Airport [5].

In addition to this, the government will also release 1,050 COVID-19 vaccines to different hospitals in the city. In a statement made by City Health Officer Dr. Edwin Miraflor, registration—whether online or through the barangay—must be done by persons who want to be vaccinated against the virus.

More information on Bacolod’s swab testing center and COVID-19 vaccination can be found at Yoorekka. Visit the homepage for health articles on swab test center updates and more.

All details and information in this article are true and accurate as of the publication date. While we are doing our utmost effort to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the condition surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be unpredictable and the situation develops rapidly, so it’s possible that some information and recommendations may have changed since this article was published. For the latest advice, visit DOH and your LGU's official websites.

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About Shanice Reyes
Shanice Reyes writes to buy herself good coffee and bike parts. When she's not writing, you can find her playing Ultimate Frisbee, traveling to new places, or hanging out with her dogs and tarantulas. Though she has an irrational fear of heights, she'd love to try sky-diving one day.
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