TALISAY City Mayor Gerald Anthony Gullas Jr. plans to establish more isolation facilities, as he expects coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases to go up in the city.
Gullas said he wants to put these up in areas that border Cebu City, which has the highest number of Covid-19 cases in Central Visayas.
Cebu City’s quarantine status was recently downgraded from modified enhanced community quarantine to general community quarantine (GCQ). That means limited public transportation is once again available and more establishments have resumed operations.
Last May, when Cebu City was still on enhanced community quarantine, Talisay City only had 54 Covid-19 cases, Gullas said. That number went up last June when Talisay City opened its borders with its neighbor, he added.
“It has happened before, with movement back in other areas in Cebu. Hopefully the rising numbers of June will not come back to haunt us again. A second wave is a very big possibility if we don’t remain vigilant against this virus,” Gullas posted on his official Facebook page.
In preparation for that scenario, Gullas and some department heads visited the city’s newly opened isolation facility in Barangay Lawaan 2.
The facility, Gullas said, is accredited by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. It can accommodate 60 patients.
Before it was accredited, the facility was inspected by personnel of the DOH and the World Health Organization.
Should the number of Covid-19 patients in the city rise, the mayor said he will use the Lawaan 2 facility to house patients who are 50 years and older, those who recently gave birth and those with comorbidities. (ANV, JKV)