ILOILO City – The lockdown of St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo (SPHI) beginning Sunday night may be lifted today, according to the regional interagency task force on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). * direct care for a patient with probable or confirmed COVID-19 disease without using proper personal protective equipment. * face-to-face contact with a confirmed case for at least 15 minutes “Our protocols for infection control have always been in place and strictly followed. These are in accordance with accepted standards to address the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of everyone working, confined in, or visiting the hospital,” it stressed. Earlier, DOH-6 director Dr. Marlyn Convocar issued this public advisory: “The public is hereby advised to immediately contact DOH Western Visayas, the City Health Office and/or their respective local government units through Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) if they have visited the above-mentioned health facility from June 23-28.” Yesterday, DOH-6 announced that one nurse of the hospital tested positive for COVID-19 – a 28-year-old male from the City Proper (Patient No. 309). He was one of the 17 new cases in the region confirmed yesterday. She, however, said it would be up to SPHI to determine when it would be ready to resume normal operation. “Wala sang exempted (from testing) didto sa sulod,” he stressed. In a statement, the SPHI management assured the public it had “protocols and processes to address the results of the said tests.” Today, some 700 hospital personnel, hospital patients and other persons who may have come in contact with the eight hospital doctors positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, would have been all swabbed for reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing, said Atty. Roy Villa, task force spokesperson. Dr. Ella Mae Divinagracia, infectious disease specialist of SPHI, the nurse was assigned at the third floor of the hospital. The swabbing was a joint effort by medical technologists of SPHI, City Health Office (CHO) and Department of Health (DOH) Region 6. Those identified as close contacts of the doctors were require to undergo strict home quarantine and isolation for 14 days. “Any flu-like symptoms such as fever, difficulty of breathing, and/or cough should be immediately consulted with physicians or reported to the nearest health facility. Confirmatory testing for close contacts shall follow DOH Department Memorandums 2020-0258,” according to Convocar. Close contacts are individuals who had lived with, cared for, traveled with, or transacted with a confirmed case who has: The SPHI lockdown was a precautionary measure, said Villa, against the spread of COVID-19, and may also help determine the source of the eight doctors’ infection. The disinfection of SPHI is also expected to end today, according to Dr. Renilyn Reyes, head of DOH-6’s Public Health Program Development. Some test results are also expected to be released today. * was with a confirmed case in an enclosed space for at least two hours The infected eight doctors and nurse are currently being quarantined at the hospital’s hostel. St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo is a tertiary level training general hospital with a capacity of 265 beds./PN * direct physical contact with a confirmed cases The virus-infected SPHI physicians were resident doctors and a Family Medicine consultant.
Meanwhile, Sheriff Paul Blackman is urging residents in that area to be cautious of stray dogs. He says, “While we may have the dogs that were responsible for this horrible tragedy, we won’t know for sure for a while. I want to encourage residents of Highway Park and the surrounding area to be on the lookout for any loose dogs, especially those that seem aggressive. We don’t want anyone else to be injured.”Olds is survived by five children, and was a grandfather.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that nearly one in five people who are bitten by a dog require medical attention. The CDC recommends staying still and calm if an unfamiliar dog approaches. A man in Highlands County, Florida, was likely killed by a pack of dogs that apparently bit him more than 100 times as he was taking a shortcut home, authorities say.Melvin Olds Jr., 45, was found dead before noon Thursday in a wooded area near Lake Placid, according to a news release from the Highland County Sheriff’s Office.Authorities say they have already captured six dogs in that area whose bite sizes match the wounds on Olds’ body. However, the dogs’ DNA needs to be compared with the DNA collected from Olds’ wounds in order to confirm whether those are definitely the dogs who killed him.
SHEER FLATTERY ON COURSE FOR LEWIS STAKESJerry Hollendorfer takes what he hopes will be the first step on the Triple Crown trail with Sheer Flattery when the Kentucky-bred son of Flatter runs in next Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.The chestnut colt, owned in part by Hollendorfer, got up by a nose under Mike Smith to break his maiden going a mile and a sixteenth at Santa Anita last Dec. 31.Doug O’Neill, who won the Lewis in 2007 with Great Hunter, plans to enter two in the Lewis, Cecil B. DeMille winner Term of Art and the Into Mischief colt Dangerfield, named for the late, great “no respect” comedian Rodney Dangerfield.Dangerfield was a distant third behind Mastery and Irap last out in the Grade I Los Angeles Futurity on Dec. 10. Dangerfield worked six furlongs on the main track Saturday in a bullet 1:12.20, fastest of 24 drills at the distance. The Lewis offers 17 qualifying points to the Kentucky Derby, 10 to the winner, four for second, two for third and one for fourth. Peter Eurton2163029%43%$186,495 Richard Baltas4999618%49%$445,698 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.5574313%25%$338,085 FINISH LINES: Midnight Storm worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast maintrack Saturday morning in 1:01.40. The multiple graded stakes winner, seemingly at home on turf or dirt, is being considered for the Santa Anita Handicap on March 11. “Perfect” is how trainer Phil D’Amato termed the move. “I wanted one oh one and change and out in 14 or 15 (1:14 or 1:15 for six furlongs) and that’s what I got. The Handicap is on our radar but we’re keeping our options open.” There were 257 recorded works at Santa Anita Saturday, 28 on the training track . . . Santa Anita hosts the Dumpling and Wonton Festival next Saturday, Feb. 4. Patrons can snack on scrumptious Asian and Asian-inspired dumplings and wontons on Santa Anita’s trackside apron. Buy online and save at www.santaanita.com/events . . . On Sunday, Feb. 5, the day of The Big Game, live racing at Santa Anita begins at 11 a.m., allowing fans to watch The Big Game at Sirona’s Sports Bar after the races or to be home in time to view it. General admission to the track that day is only one dollar. Luis Contreras48681313%56%$286,564 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won John Sadler1955526%79%$260,234 HOPPERTUNITY SEEKS REPEAT WIN IN SAN ANTONIOHoppertunity, who won the San Antonio Stakes last year, is expected to defend his title next Saturday in the 80th edition of the Grade II San Antonio, a major steppingstone to the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap at a mile and a quarter on March 11.A six-year-old full horse trained by Bob Baffert, Hoppertunity won the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park last October and was fourth in two subsequent Grade I races, the Breeders’ Cup Classic and the Clark Handicap.Also expected for the 1 1/16-mile San Antonio are Accelerate, Dalmore, El Huerfano and Point Piper. Bob Baffert2653419%46%$398,246 Jerry Hollendorfer51981018%53%$754,109 SHEER FLATTERY SET FOR ROBERT B. LEWISHOPPERTUNITY EYES SAN ANTONIO REPEATSTORMY LIBERAL 9-5 IN CLOCKERS’ CORNER Brice Blanc1954226%58%$187,870 Drayden Van Dyke5159210%31%$319,786 Martin Pedroza4767813%45%$239,958 Kent Desormeaux51117622%47%$724,363 Tyler Baze791614820%48%$567,882 STORMY LIBERAL CHOICE IN SUNDAY’S CLOCKERS’ CORNERStormy Liberal, second in the Grade III San Simeon Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on a “good” turf course last out on Dec. 26, is the 9-5 morning line favorite in Sunday’s $75,000 Clockers’ Corner, for four year olds and up on Santa Anita’s unique downhill course.A five-year-old gelded son of Stormy Atlantic trained by Peter Miller for Rockingham Ranch, Stormy Liberal has been second in two starts since being claimed by Miller for $40,000 last Oct. 16.The field for the Clockers’ Corner, the ninth of nine races: Horse Laugh, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Blameitonthelaw, Luis Contreras, 15-1; Snow Cloud, Santiago Gonzalez, 20-1; McHeat, Corey Nakatani, 8-1; Cape Wolfe, Stewart Elliott,12-1; Forever Juanito, Agapito Delgadillo, 8-1; Moonlight Drive, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Stormy Liberal, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 9-5; Tribal Fighter, Flavien Prat, 6-1; and Aotearoa, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1.Stylistics United and Indriya were scratched. Peter Miller34710421%62%$374,550 William Spawr1260250%67%$170,661 Mike Smith2061430%55%$605,940 Gary Sherlock1953126%47%$131,600 Santiago Gonzalez4367614%44%$248,636 J. Keith Desormeaux1762435%71%$368,675 Rafael Bejarano641191217%50%$616,778 Flavien Prat771791222%49%$930,343 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won (Current Through Friday, Jan. 27) Joseph Talamo51551110%41%$194,555 Stewart Elliott5576913%40%$249,025 Mark Glatt2855418%50%$190,925 Doug O’Neill586111010%47%$390,868 Philip D’Amato2874625%61%$467,640