PUTTING the safety and health of the athletes, teachers and their families first, Marikina City Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro on Monday suspended indefinitely the Palarong Pambansa 2020 as the city has recorded its first case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The Palarong Pambansa 2020 was supposed to commence in May this year in Marikina City.
“Because of the health threat posed by COVID-19, I am suspending indefinitely the Palarong Pambansa 2020 as the health of the student athletes, teachers, and family members from all regions in the country is our primordial concern,” Mayor Marcy said.
The local government is 100 percent prepared in hosting the Palarong Pambansa this year, but because of the COVID-19, the mayor decided to suspend it.
On Monday, Mayor Marcy announced to the public that an 86-year-old resident of Marikina who travelled to South Korea has tested positive for COVID-19.
“Around 11 kagabi, nakatanggap ako ng impormasyo na galing sa Department of Health na kinokomperma nila na may positive case dito sa Marikina. Ang pasyente ay nasa isang pribadong ospital. Ang pasyente 86-years-old. Nagpunta sa ospital dahil may nararanasang paninikip sa paghinga, ubo, at meron din siyang lagnat nung oras na iyon. Kaya nga may travel history siya sa South Korea, tinest siya for COVID at kagabi rin nalaman confirmed na positive siya for COVID infection,” the mayor said.
Mayor Marcy said that the patient arrived in the country on February 19 after his vacation from South Korea. On March 5, he went to a hospital, because he was feeling ill. Results went out on March 9, saying he was tested positive for COVID-19.
Prior to this, he has suspended classes in all level in both private and public schools for the disinfection of classrooms in the city from March 9 to 11.
Because of the recent developments, Mayor Marcy said he is eyeing to extend the suspension of classes in the city.
Contact tracing of the people who may have come in contact with the 86-year-old man was immediately done by the local government after Mayor Marcy ordered it. “Walang dapat ikabahala dahil nag-contact tracing. Sama-sama, tulong-tulong tayo rito. Buong komunidad ay pangangalagaan upang hindi magkaroon ng transmission,” he said.
Mayor Marcy said he will issue a memorandum ordering public areas to conduct massive disinfection in schools, markets, parks, and other local spaces to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the city. +
“Kahapon, nalaman namin ng nakaraang araw na may case sa Cainta. Kaya nagpasya agad kami sa Marikina na magsagawa ng massive disinfection sa lahat ng mga paaralan, pamilihan, parke, at barangay halls kung saan nandoon ang mga tao. Kasi 1-kilometer radius lamang ang Cainta,” he said.
With this, the mayor advised the public to refrain from going to places of convergence such as markets, parks, gatherings, and other “high-touch areas.”
“Pinagbawal na rin namin ang mga malalaking pagtitipon sa mga komunidad. Ito ‘yung dahilan kung bakit nagkaroon tayo ng class suspension para bigyan daan ang massive disinfection na gagawin sa mga paaralan para maging ligtas ang mga paaralan natin,” Teodoro said.
“Pinayuhan din natin sila na iwasan ang paglabas sa mga tahanan at umiwas sa pagdalo sa mga malalaking pagtitipon at mag observe ng proper hygiene, hand washing and coughing etiquette,” Mayor Marcy added.
Because senior citizens are the most vulnerable, Mayor Marcy met with them and asked them to strictly follow the precautionary measures advised by the World Health Organization, and the Department of Health.
“I also instructed the barangays to distribute multivitamins and procure additional vitamins for our senior citizens to boost their immune system,” Mayor Marcy said.
He also instructed barangay officials to make necessary containment measures to prevent transmission in the community.
Mayor Marcy also emphasized the importance of system reporting of possible symptoms of COVID-19.
According to him, he has also met with members of the homeowners associations in the city and told them the precautionary measures being undertaken by the local government to ensure that residents will not get infected of COVID-19.