CATARMAN, Northern Samar – With the increasing number of COVID-19 positive cases in the province, Dr. Rommel Francisco, the Provincial Head of DOH Northern Samar reiterated his call to the general public to observe the minimum health protocol such as wearing of face mask, face shield, one-meter social distancing, and frequent washing of hands with soap and water.

This, he said in a post at the Northern Samar Provincial Information Office FB page.

As of Sept. 16, Northern Samar recorded 145 COVID-19 positive cases, 84 though have recovered but 61 are still considered active.

In August 29, the province recorded some 90 cases only, but in time, it increased.

Dr. Francisco noted that the recent surge of COVID positive cases were among the attendees of an event and eventually infected some other people.

That is why, he reiterated his call to avoid gatherings, parties, and minimize face-to-face interactions that may cause possible COVID-19 transmission.

Further, he advised that only those who will buy essentials and report for work may go outside of their homes to avoid interaction to individuals who might be exposed to confirmed COVID positive case.

At the workplace, he said, all employees and workers must have face masks and face shields, and it must be worn at all times and remove the same only when eating or drinking, and avoid face to face conversation while the face mask is down.

The Provincial DOH head said if everyone will follow all the health safety protocols, the province will succeed in its fight against COVID. (TBC-PIA Northern Samar)