Complete Guide to Luzon’s Enhanced Community Quarantine Amidst Covid-19

The Government’s “enhanced community quarantine” over Luzon is to take effect March 17, 12mn to April 13, 12 mn.

Guidelines of the Enhanced Community Quarantine for Luzon

General Guidelines

  • Strict home quarantine should be followed and enforced
  • Curfews are superseded, as the rule is to stay at home at all times, only to buy necessities of home
  • Police and law enforcement agents may effect arrests under the laws: resistance or disobedience of authority, direct assault, and non-cooperation
  • Practice proper hygiene

Basic Needs Guidelines

  • Public markets, groceries, convenience stores, drug stores, pharmacies remain open;
  • Food preparations AND delivery will be allowed to remain open; if karinderias offer deliveries, they will be allowed to continue
  • Only 1 person may go out to buy home necessities per household
  • Banks and money transfer services will remain open
  • Restaurants limited only to food delivery. Asked about Grabfood and Food Panda, Nograles says they’re thinking of food establishments delivering. In case of doubt, no
  • Bank and stock market operations would continue, ATMs would be regularly replenished
  • DSWD can distribute food and other basic necessities to those who need it, especially those who cannot work or sell their goods.

Work Guidelines

  • Only private businesses related to food and medicine production, banks, telecomms (BPO) allowed to operate – skeletal workforce, subject to social distancing is observed;
  • BPOs must provide temporary accommodation for their workers by March 18, otherwise they will not be allowed to continue operating
  • Work from home arrangements in government except basic services;
  • Business owners are asked to pay employees’ 13th month pay in advance or give them half of the salary if they can’t go to work — but in discretion of business owner
  • Companies can also make arrangements for a shuttle service for their employees
  • Work from home in Exec Branch except PNP, AFP, PCG and health and emergency, border control, – skeletal workforce
  • To get to work, please coordinate with your LGUs. Each LGU will determine the requirement and provide transportation.
  • Nurses giving homecare exempted from enhanced community quarantine.

School Suspensions

  • All schools within Luzon are suspended until April 13
  • UP System classes suspended including online classes; Only classes in Open University remain not suspended

Travel Restrictions

  • Movement of cargos within, to, and from the entire Luzon shall be unhampered
  • Mass transportation are suspended
  • Each LGU will determine the requirement and provide transportation.
  • Domestic flights to and from Luzon are not allowed
  • Outbound passengers intending to depart from the Philippines shall be allowed to travel via International airport of Luzon within 72hours
  • Inbound international in-transit may be allowed to enter, but must be subjected to mandatory 14-days quarantine
  • Media personnel will be allowed to travel within the quarantine area, but secure ID from PCOO in 72 hours

Other Restrictions

  • Stranded foreigners or tourists, will accommodate private arrangement between them and hotel owners
  • Luzon Residents in hotels are to go back to their provinces/homes

Utilities Extension

List of utilities extending payment collection until next month

  • Meralco
  • Maynilad
  • PLDT / Smart Communications
  • Globe Telecom Inc

LGU’s Responsibilities

  • LGUs are asked to lead initiative in monitoring and conducting educational campaigns for those in congested informal settlers areas
  • LGUs can now declare state of calamity to tap calamity fund and quick response fund. Operationalization is as if LGU is under state of calamity
  • Each LGU will determine the requirement and provide transportation (for work or getting basic needs such as groceries, etc)
  • LGUs already know what type of food assistance to give during calamities. DSWD will augment

In case of medical emergencies, ambulances can be deployed via LGUs or PH Red Cross

NCOV Symptoms

Common signs of coronavirus infection include flu-like and respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, it can cause pneumonia, acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death
  • COVID-19 is not airborne, rather spread through person-to-person
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • Contact with contaminated surfaces or object
    • touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes,

What To Do to Prevent NCOV Infection

  • Frequently clean hands by hand washing with soap or by using alcohol-based hand rub
  • Wear mask when going outside to avoid getting the virus
  • Practice social distancing; avoid crowded places
  • Boost your immune system by sleeping 8 hours a day, hydrating, having vitamins, and eating healthy

What to do IF you get NCOV

If experiencing mild symptoms:

  • Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
  • Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
  • Cover: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
  • Wash hands: Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Do not share: You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home.
  • Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Clean and disinfect: Practice routine cleaning of high touch surfaces. (High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.)
  • Disinfect areas with bodily fluids: Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
  • Seek medical attention: Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).

When to get medical attention

The designated infection control committee (ICC) of the hospital shall be responsible for the preliminary investigation of cases. Once the case is classified as a person under investigation (PUI), he/she should be quarantined. The ICC should then notify the DOH Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Units (RESU), who shall then report to the DOH Epidemiology Bureau.

Hospitals with PUIs will also send the collected specimens (oropharyngeal and nasal swabs) to Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) for screening.

Who can get tested for NCOV

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For Confirmatory tests are those PUI moderate to severe.

References to follow:

https://www.doh.gov.ph/2019-nCov

I will be updating this article as more guidelines are developed. Let me know if I missed anything!

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