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Sarangani’s top Covid-19 frontliners advise public to remain vigilant this Christmas season

Sarangani’s top Covid-19 frontliners advise public to remain vigilant this Christmas season

ALABEL, Sarangani (December 23, 2020) – “Let us not let our guards down,” Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon said as he, together with Provincial Health Officer Dr. Arvin Alejandro, reminds the public to strictly comply with minimum public health standards and adhere to COVID-19 protocols in celebrating the Christmas season.

As the Department of Health’s “initial projections confirm the high likelihood of a surge of COVID-19 cases during and after the Christmas season,” the provincial government of Sarangani continues to reiterate to its constituents the importance of celebrating the holidays with caution.

“We encourage you that during this holiday season, habang hinihintay natin ang bakuna for next year, let us remain vigilant and cautious. Paglabas po natin ng bahay, dapat naka-mask and shield tayo at iwas talaga tayo mag-gather o makisalamuha sa mga tao na hindi natin kilala,” Solon said.

Thru the released Memorandum No. 2020-70, Governor Solon noted the three Cs and three Vs that need to be avoided in order to avoid contracting the virus.

The three Cs include “Closed settings, Crowded places, and Closed conversations,” while the three Vs include “Venues which are indoor, Ventilation that is poor, and Vocalization, such as a lot of people talking or singing.”

“Minimize talking because talking in a minute can give 220 viral load, while in five minutes somebody who has the virus can infect the other person,” Dr. Alejandro stressed.

Alejandro also encouraged the public to “lessen yung mga activities and let us just stay in our homes with our families.”

Solon said “high-risk activities and settings are where there can be ‘talsik laway’ such as singing, shouting, shared or communal eating, being directly across the table, and lack of barriers and facemasks, which typically happen during Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve parties, get-together activities, reunions, and the like.”

Alejandro also reminded the public “to always bring and use sanitizers before and after touching objects lalung-lalo na po pag nasa labas ng bahay, pupunta sa mall, and mag go-grocery.”

“Let us put prime importance to our safety and the safety of the people around us, especially our loved ones,” Solon said.

As the year is about to end, Governor Solon and Dr. Alejandro also gave their messages of gratitude to all the workers, frontliners, and everyone involved in the province’s fight against COVID-19.

“Thank you for your support, thank you for your hardwork, and for your courage. I’d like to pray blessings for all of you, municipal, barangay, and provincial frontliners, employees, and workers,” said Solon during the provincial government’s Seasons Greetings 2020 on December 22.

“Hindi po natin maitatago na itong probinsya ay dedicated sa ating Panginoon. This province belongs to the Lord, that’s why magiging successful at protektado tayo,” he added.

Dr. Alejandro also believed that the hardwork and support of all the people involved, including all the partners, led to the “less than 400 COVID cases in the province, only 8.5% positivity rate, and 91% recovery rate.”

“This proves na yung bridging leadership and governance is indeed helping us in facing any challenge in life,” he added.

Solon also wished “a safe and joyful Christmas and a bright New Year” to all Sarangan.

“Through your cooperation, together we will heal, together we will recover,” Solon said. (Jori Mae R. Samillano/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)

Photo by Martin Fernando Bernad Jr.

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