A personnel of the Pavia Emergency Responders check the body temperature of motorists using a thermal scanner at a checkpoint in Barangay Ungka, Pavia, Iloilo last night. Iloilo province is under a “general community quarantine” against the novel coronavirus. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * DOH Region 6 would form atechnical working group to look into the improvised materials as alternativefor PPE ILOILO City – Beginning April 1Panay Island will be under an island-wide quarantine in an effort to shield itfrom the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). As of yesterday, Panay Island andthe rest of Western Visayas remained free from COVID-19, reported theDepartment of Health (DOH) Region 6. The nearby island province ofGuimaras will also be quarantined. The Panay-wide quarantine untilApril 14 was agreed during yesterday’s emergency meeting of the RegionalDisaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) here headed by DirectorJose Roberto Nuñez of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Region 6. The unified rules and regulationsfor the border restrictions would be released before April 1, said Nuñez. * for the police to take thelead in patrolling borders and identified strategic areas But people should still observeprecautionary measures such as social distancing, among others, stressed Nuñez. For the meantime, each provincialgovernment would be observing the restrictions they imposed beginning yesterdayuntil March 31, said Nuñez. It was agreed that the people ofIloilo City and Guimaras could freely cross the Iloilo Straight but thatGuimaras should close its backdoor to block the entry of people from NegrosIsland. (There was one positive COVID-19 case in Negros Oriental; the patientdied on Sunday.) Also present at the meetingyesterday were NEDA-6 director Ro-Ann Bacal, Department of Interior and LocalGovernment regional director Ariel Iglesia, Department of Tourism regionaldirector Helen Catalbas, and Police Regional Office-6 director RenePamuspusan./PN Hopefully, he said, this periodwould be enough for persons under monitoring (PUMs) in the provinces to havebeen cleared. Also agreed yesterday were thefollowing: Yesterday’s RDRRMC meeting at theNational Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Region 6 office was attendedby governors Arthur Defensor Jr. of Iloilo, Rhodora Cadiao of Antique, SamuelGumarin of Guimaras, FlorencioMiraflores of Aklan, and Iloilo City’s Mayor Jerry Treñas who pushed for theharmonization of the border restrictions. To effectively do this, theprovincial governments of Iloilo, Antique, Aklan, and Capiz agreed to harmonizethe border restrictions they separately imposed beginning yesterday. * OCD Region 6 would request the3rd Infantry Division of Philippine Army for air assistance in transportingpersonal protective equipment (PPE) from the DOH central office to Region 6 Goods should also be able to movefreely within Panay and across Guimaras subject to quarantine inspections. * for the Philippine PortsAuthority to verify with its central office regarding the travel goods withoutcontainer vans Capiz’s Gov. Esteban EvanContreras was not able to attend the meeting. He was observing self-quarantinefollowing a trip to Manila on March 11. He sent a representative to themeeting. BY IME SORNITO and GLENDA TAYONA * for OCD to take the lead indisseminating information on border restrictions / community quarantine * for provincial disaster riskreduction and management offices to directly coordinate with the policeprovincial offices for checkpoints/patrol along borders of provinces and localgovernment units Harmonizing the rules aims to easethe inconvenience that the restrictions would bring on people, especially thosecrossing provincial boarders due to work and business, among others.
Tampa Bay Rays two-way rookie Brendan McKay will have season-ending surgery on his left throwing shoulder Wednesday.The 24-year-old McKay tested positive for the coronavirus in early July and missed most of the club’s preseason camp. He was cleared to resume activities July 31 and reported to the club’s alternate site, but then experienced stiffness in his pitching shoulder and was shut down last week.“Obviously frustration, but we’re optimistic with the procedure that Brendan will have. Hopefully we’ll have him for 2021 spring training and go from there,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday night before a series opener against the Yankees. “There’s no doubt it’s unfortunate for him, for us, because we probably would have already been using him, but just the shoulder never cooperated.”Cash said the issue is in the back of McKay’s shoulder, but the exact nature of the injury won’t be known until after the procedure.McKay was 2-4 with a 5.14 ERA in 13 games (11 starts) last season, and went 2 for 10 with a home run as a designated hitter. He’s also played 49 minor league games at first base since being selected fourth overall in the 2017 draft out of Louisville.The Rays sit in second place in the AL East entering Tuesday’s action, 2 1/2 games behind the Yankees.Image credits: AP WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT Last Updated: 19th August, 2020 07:42 IST Rays’ 2-way Player McKay To Have Season-ending Surgery Tampa Bay Rays two-way rookie Brendan McKay will have season-ending surgery on his left throwing shoulder Wednesday First Published: 19th August, 2020 07:42 IST FOLLOW US LIVE TV Written By