AT LEAST three government offices based in the cities of Cebu and Mandaue have temporarily closed down after some of their employees were found positive for or have died from Covid-19.
In Mandaue City, its Hall of Justice (HOJ), located in Brgy. Guizo, had to be placed on lockdown starting Monday, June 15, 2020, after two of its employees tested positive for Covid-19.
More than 40 employees of the HOJ will undergo the RT-PCR swab test as they have close contact with two employees who were infected with Covid-19.
Mercedita Dadole-Ignacio, the executive judge of the Regional Trial Court (RTC), issued a memorandum on June 14 placing the HOJ on lockdown after the prosecutor tested positive for Covid-19 and died on June 13, while a court employee of HOJ also tested positive for Covid-19.
Lawyer Julius Ceasar Entice, the Emergency Operations Center head in Mandaue City, told SunStar Cebu that they will conduct swabbing operations on the exposed staff of the Prosecutor’s Office, the office of the clerk of court and the Regional Trial Court 6.
More than 40 of the staff from the three offices need to undergo swab testing.
Although the Prosecutor’s Office has been maintaining a skeleton force, Entice said that the prosecutor reportedly went to work on June 11.
The staff involved, as well as their families, were advised to undergo self-isolation until the results are out.
The personnel of the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office have started to decontaminate the whole building of HOJ and the courts in a private building in Brgy. Tipolo, Mandaue City.
In Cebu City, the office of the Civil Service Commission Central Visayas (CSC 7) in Brgy. Lahug will also be temporarily closed from June 15 to 19 after one of its employees tested positive for Covid-19.
In their advisory, CSC 7 officials urged their clients, especially those with prior appointments, to have them rebooked through their online appointment system.
But while the regional office is closed down, the field offices in Talisay City, Tagbiliran City, Dumaguete City and Larena town remain open.
The office of the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) in downtown Cebu City will also temporarily close down after one of its employees died after reportedly having been infected with Covid-19.
Its office started closing on June 15 and will remain closed until further notice.
Edna Inocando, MCWD spokesperson, said their customers can pay their bills through accredited collecting banks and payment centers while their office is still closed. (KFD, HBL, JKV)