Cebu virus culprits found
The Cebu City Emergency Operation Center (EOC) has pinpointed household transmission as the top coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cause of infections in recent weeks.
From 5 to 18 September, EOC data showed 96 new cases came from household transmission, 41 from public markets and supermarkets and 41 from authorized persons outside of residence, locally stranded individuals and overseas Filipino workers.
There were also 34 new cases from work places and 17 from construction sites.
EOC deputy chief implementer and North District City Councilor Joel Garganera said they met with officials of the Department of Public Works and Highway, Cebu City Engineering department and the Cebu Contractors Association to define construction health and safety protocols, be it private or public.
“We need to know the culture of construction workers, who are mostly non-Cebu City residents,” Garganera said.
EOC reported 15 construction workers staying at a barracks in Barangay Lahug were confirmed to have COVID-19.
A total of 124 close contacts, including family members, were identified from four infected construction workers. They underwent swab tests and are now under isolation.
Fifty-nine others tested negative and 49 were awaiting results as of press time.
Other transmission cases were recorded in hospitals, shopping centers, neighborhoods, delivery services and eateries.
COVID- free barangays in Cebu City dropped from 38 to 29 in the last 14 days.
Cebu City, once the virus hotspot in the Visayas, is on its fourth week under modified general community quarantine.
“Cebuanos should not let their guards down. Instead, they should continue to comply with the health protocols imposed by the government. There is no room for complacency. Everything is fragile,” Garganera insisted.
CONSTRUCTION sites are some of the sources of COVID-19 infections in Cebu City.