By Rey Anthony Chiu | 01:16 PM September 08, 2021
Responding to the most immediate need to decongest hospitals that are critically filling to the brim, Bohol issues Executive Order No. 45 series of 2021 (EO No. 45), to open up ways for LGUs to actively take part in active patients care and attention.
EO No. 45, which Governor Arthur Yap signed September 7, and takes effect on the same day directed LGUS to manage and treat within their own quarantine and isolation facilities, patients with mild coronavirus disease cases, in a bid to decongest and allocate hospital beds for those Covid patients who most need it.
On this, LGUS are mandated to maintain and possibly expand their respective established quarantine and isolation facilities, while hinting that LGUs put up step-down facilities for patients that meet the discharge criteria of hospitals to allow the availability of hospital beds to Covid patients in dire need of most immediate hospital care and attention.
As of September 8, active cases for the day reached 2052, around 122 of these with Covid are confined in primary to tertiary hospitals and COVID-dedicated facilities in the island, while 761 are in LGU isolation facilities.
Another 638 are on home quarantine and are bound to be freed from self isolation to join their families.
That same day, with the effectivity of Executive Order No. 44, series of 2021, LGU isolation and treatment facilities could be significantly vacated as the new order by the directed the lifting of the mandatory five-day quarantine for newly arrived authorized persons outside residence (APOR) and non-APORs.
With this and in preparation for any possible outcome of the new policy, the EO also directed all LGUs to reposition their medical supplies, personal protective equipment, oxygen and medicines as well as other needs to effectively respond to the surge.
Moreover, LGUS are directed to intensify contact tracing to immediately isolate Covid positive individuals and prevent the spread of the disease especially with the surge possibly due to the Delta variant here.
LGUS are also given the option to impose granular lockdowns on particular households, cluster of houses or barangays when local officials see the need.
On this too, the governor directed the LGUs to respond to prior coordination in the securing of travel permits via the s-pass.ph travel management system.
Consequently, LGUS with air and sea ports shall strictly reiterate the mandatory protocols for all local travelers: negative for Covid test results via Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) or Saliva PCR taken 72 hours prior to travel and registration to s-pass.ph for travel requirements compliance in host destinations.
The new EO also affirmed the continued implementation of the uniform province-wide curfew from 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM, and that the movement and delivery of goods and cargo should not be hampered.
As Bohol reopens business and dismantles strict inbound travel restrictions to refloat the economy September 8, many expect another set of orders by the end of the month.
EO 45 is only effective from Sept 8 to Sept 30. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)