TACLOBAN CITY – Maasin City Mayor Nacional Mercado disclosed that their new quarantine facility is almost complete and ready to accommodate arriving locally stranded individuals (LSIs).
The facility can accommodate around 50 individuals, the mayor said.
“This may not be as comfortable compared to your own rooms but we are doing our best in giving quality service to our constituents most especially on times of crisis,” Mercado said.
The facility is in addition to the existing quarantine areas identified by the city government and to the quarantine facility provided by Philippine Red Cross-Southern Leyte chapter.
Meanwhile, the city government will make it mandatory that all returning residents of the city should undergo swab testing within seven days counting on their arrival.
However, returning residents of Maasin City who remain asymptomatic after 21-days of isolation in quarantine facilities will be discharged despite pending test results.
Those who will be tested positive and have finished their isolation would no longer be asked for another swab testing.
Those with negative results before the end of the mandatory 14-day quarantine must stay in the designated facilities to complete the prescribed isolation period.
The city government have separate quarantine facility for health workers that can accommodate up to seven individuals in separate isolation areas with two separate disinfection tents.
As of July 15, Maasin City had recorded eight confirmed COVID-19 patients, where six had already recovered while two are still active cases.