Mayor Evelio Leonardia is again urging Bacolodnons to seek immediate medical attention if they show “even the mildest symptoms” of COVID-19.
“A simple cough, sore throat, headache, colds, diarrhea, or any flu-like symptoms, regardless of age, must be taken into account. Let us always remember – the most important thing is for our people to survive,” Leonardia told the 61 city barangay captains, a press release from the Bacolod Public Information Office said Thursday, November 12.
There have been 14 COVID-19 deaths Bacolod from November 1 to 10, data from the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) showed.
These cases are mostly “home deaths,” or patients contracting the virus despite staying at home – showing proof of COVID transmission within the household, the press release said.
Several of these persons also sought medical help too late, it added.
These 14 fatalities were aged 60 to 90 years old, EOC records also show.
Dr. Chris Sorongon, EOC deputy medical for data analysis and assessment, said people in this age bracket are “considered high-risk or highly vulnerable individuals.”
“Early detection at the barangay level, and consequent isolation and treatment, regardless of age, is therefore needed to avoid more COVID deaths in the city,” he added.
Leonardia said the city government continues to offer free consultations and swab tests for people showing symptoms of COVID-19.
These services are available at the Bacolod Respiratory Outpatient (BRO) Center located inside the BAYS Center along San Juan Street, he said.
The BRO Center operates from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Mondays to Fridays.*