Mayor Cayetano of Taguig identifies COVID-19 patient as from Deloitte Philippines

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The Taguig City government and the St. Luke’s Medical Center- Global City confirmed on Saturday that one of the local cases of coronavirus disease in the country a day after the Department of Health (DOH) reported that two Filipinos have been infected by the deadly disease.

In a statement, the Office of Taguig Mayor Lino Cayetano said the coronavirus patient is an employee of the consultancy firm Deloitte Philippines.

“We can confirm that the case mentioned in the Department of a Health press conference on March 6, 2020 is that of the coronavirus (COVID-19) case in the City of Taguig. The individual is employed at Deloitte Philippines located at the Net Lima Plaza in Bonifacio Global City,” said a statement of Cayetano posted on Twitter on Saturday.

On March 4, the patient sought medical consultation and was put under the surveillance of the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CEDSU) and was admitted to RITM the next day. He is currently receiving treatment there and his condition is stable. “We continue to monitor his medical status while our CEDSU and City Officials have been in close coordination with the concerned property  managers. Contact tracing and proper management are ongoing,” said Cayetano.

Their CEDSU led by Dr. Luis M. Sy Jr. Has been conducting preventive measures and has put necessary protocols in place.  Since January of 2020, they have reached out to the BGC community and all barangays in the city and have informed them of their reporting and monitoring procedures, the availability of two dedicated ambulance teams, a vigilant service hotline, and the strict implementation of the Executive Order to guide the public on guidelines for holding mass gatherings within the city, said Cayetano.

The City of Taguig has been in constant communication with the DOH and has been aggressive in reinforcing their two-pronged approach of fighting the virus through:  1) Prevention and Promotion; and 2) Monitoring and Reporting.

“We are confident that through close coordination with the DOH, we are able to indicate and monitor all individuals as Person Under Investigation (PUI) and Person Under Monitoring (PUM) and address all concerns regarding COVID-19 cases,” said Cayetano.

“Rest assured that Taguig City’s COVID-19 Taskforce is working pursuant to its incident management system. The City will release new and relevant information to guide its citizens,” said Cayetano.

Cayetano said their city government encourages everyone to source their information only from reliable channels and stay calm.

Cayetano reminded the residents that the most effective measures against this threat are constant and proper handwashing with soap and water, hand sanitizing with alcohol, covering the mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing, and practicing healthy lifestyle habits to enhance the immune system and body resistance.

Cayetano further recommended that residents avoid crowded places and unnecessary travel to countries where COVID-19 local transmissions have been confirmed.

He said the City Government of Taguig counsels anyone who will exhibit symptoms of fever, cough and colds, breathing difficulties, and body malaise to seek immediate consultation with health centers and hospitals.

Cayetano urged  the public  to call their hotline number at 8789-3200 and at 0966-419-4510 for any concerns related to COVID-19./Stacy Ang

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