DOH-6’s classification of Western Visayas’ COVID-19 community transmission as “low”, according to Regional Director Marlyn Convocar, was based on the following: That was Mayor Jerry Treñas expressing bewilderment over the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6’s classification of Western Visayas’ coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) community transmission as “low level”. “If we have low grade transmission, perhaps Manila has high grade and Cebu has a passing grade,” said Treñas. It cited the World Health Organization’s definition of the term: “Community transmission is evidenced by the inability to relate confirmed cases through chains of transmission for a large number of cases, or by increasing positive tests through sentinel samples.” * low mortality rate at 2.8 percent * limited number of clustering of cases not interlinked or related to each other “Whatever the level of community transmission, we should always take care of ourselves,” stressed Treñas. DOH EXPLAINS It further invoked the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “signals” of community transmission such as the detection of confirmed cases of COVID-19 with no epidemiologic link to known cases. He pointed out suspected COVID-19 community transmission cases at St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo (11 persons) and Alimodian, Iloilo (13 persons). DOH-6 also urged local government units to intensify contact tracing and disease surveillance, targeted confirmatory testing for prioritized groups, isolation and quarantine of confirmed COVID-19 cases as well as persons coming from highly endemic areas such as returning overseas Filipinos, locally stranded individuals and authorized persons outside residence. ILOILO City – “I’m very frank. I do not understand what they mean.” But just to be safe, said the mayor, people should continuously wear facemask, observe physical distancing and wash hands with soap and water. To prevent the further spread of COVID-19, said Convovar, people should observe respiratory and cough etiquette aside from hand hygiene, wearing of facemask and observing physical distancing. * critical care utilization is still within at the safe zone at 24.4 percent In a statement, DOH Region 6 explained what low level community transmission meant in the context of Western Visayas’ COVID-19 cases. “I really do not know. DOH is a partner but sometimes, like a wife, it is very difficult to understand,” said Treñas. * doubling time of 12.4 days which is still within the 7-30 days for the number of positive cases to double “Dapat magkooperar ang tanan para indi kita makaabot sa sitwasyon nga very high and very fast ang ila community transmission,” he said./PN For his part, DOH-6 epidemiologist Dr. Glen Alonsabe said the low level of COVID-19 community transmission should not make the public complacent. * average of 14 confirmed cases per day for the past 14 days comprising mostly of returning overseas Filipinos and locally stranded individuals
BATESVILLE, Ind. – The final date this year for leaf collection in Batesville is set for this Friday.City officials say trash items, including bagged leaves, will be picked up with a maximum limit of four bags per household.Following Friday, residents are asked to add bagged leaves to the normal trash collection.
Credit: Derrick Scott/JIS Plans are in high gear for the staging of the 8th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference scheduled for Kingston, Jamaica during from June 16th -20th. According to Jamaica’s Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., his Ministry began the preliminary process and will be seeking the input of the Diaspora to make this conference a success.Seeking the Diaspora’s inputAddressing members of the U.S. Diaspora at its inaugural summit at the Morrow Convention Center in the city of Morrow, Georgia, Minister Charles pointed out the US Summit is a precursor to next year’s Biennial Diaspora conference in Jamaica. He said the Diaspora’s input is being sought in the total planning of the conference so that its voice will form part of the programs and events that will be implemented.The Minister said the conceptualization of this Summit was timely and visionary as it placed Diaspora interests on the “center stage. It presents an opportunity to further cement intra-Diaspora partnerships with the national goals in sight.” The Junior Minister told the over 200 participants that any formulation of a strategic Diaspora Development plan should be inclusive where it brings together the Jamaican organizations, associations, taskforces and those who may not be affiliated with any group. It should also entail strong partnerships and co-operation across a wide spectrum at the local and national levels. Diaspora Youth Councils The Plan, he further stated, should embrace mutuality, that is, it should serve the interests of all parties involved such as the millennials. “I intend to lead the establishment of Diaspora Youth Councils so that the young people will have a functional space to craft ingenious strategies and programs for their own empowerment. I also wish to expand the Birthright Program by giving youngsters the opportunity to experience Jamaica in terms of the work environment and culture. This will serve to strengthen the affinity and linkages with Jamaica.”In her remarks, Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks pointed out that, “The Jamaican Diaspora represents more than a source of remittances and the Government of Jamaica sees you as important partners in nation-building. Your support over the years which has taken many forms, is deeply appreciated. As the Government takes the necessary steps to take the country to the next level of development, we invite you to join in taking our partnership to the next level, so that together, we can realize Vision 2030 which seeks to make Jamaica “the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.”Town hall meetings across the USThe Jamaican envoy stated that in an effort to support Jamaican nationals. she along with the embassy, will stage a number of town hall meetings in key cities across the United States so that Jamaicans can be aware of the impact of the evolving policies on Jamaicans living in the US.
The Black Stars resumed training in Dubai on Wednesday morning after the final squad for the 2019 AFCON was revealed on Monday.The team is expected to intensify preparations and focus on building strong chemistry among the 23 that have been picked for the final tournament in Egypt.The team will train again in the evening on Wednesday to complete the planned double session of training for the day. It is unknown if the programme of two training sessions will be maintained for the rest of the week.The team will play against South Africa on Saturday in their final pre-AFCON friendly to put finishing touches on their preparations before heading to Egypt where the team will face Benin, Cameroon and Guinea-Bissau in the group stages of the tournament.