Familiaran explained that the lastperson that had check up in the afternoon of Feb. 10 was only classified as aperson under monitoring (PUM). BACOLOD City – The number of patientsunder investigation (PUIs) for the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in thiscity is down to only one as of Tuesday, the City Health Office said. “In fact, after reassessment andreevaluation by our infectious consultants, the patient was sent home as PUM,”the vice mayor noted. The resolution dated Feb. 10 citedthat it is the intention of the local government officials and functionaries ofthe said city to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of the constituencyand the visiting tourists and guests during fiestas and celebrations. On the other hand, the SangguniangPanlungsod of Bago City, Negros Occidental has passed a resolution deferringthe celebration of the 54th Charter Day anniversary of Bago City slated on Feb.11 to 19. According to Vice Mayor El CidFamiliaran, who chairs the city’s inter-agency task force against the2019-nCoV, there were eight (not nine as earlier reported) PUIs recorded inseveral hospitals here. “Of the eight that were quarantined,seven of them were already discharged in the hospitals after the results of theconfirmatory testing from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM)turned out negative,” he said. The same resolution also cited thatthe Department of Health issued an advisory stating that with the ongoingthreat of the spread of the 2019-nCoV strongly urging the public to avoidattending, participating in, and organizing events that draw a huge number ofattendees thus recommending the cancellation of such planned big events or massgatherings until further advise./PN
On Thursday, USC will host its first Critical Issues Forum designed to give experts a chance to discuss important situations facing society, starting with financial problems in the state government.The forum, “Going For Broke: Governance and the Fiscal Crisis,” will include six guest speakers who will discuss the state’s current economic status.David Galaviz, executive director of Local Government Relations, said the forum, which was organized through the School of Policy, Planning and Development, will benefit USC’s relationship with community and government officials.“The Critical Issues Forum is part of an overall strategy to improve the connections that the university has with policymakers,” Galaviz said.He said PPD is hoping to work with policymakers to help confront challenges facing society.Los Angeles Councilmember Bernard Parks, who will also speak at the event, said the forum is a good chance for students to learn about the financial situation.“Even if it doesn’t fit into their major or is not something they’re studying, it’s how this state and city are going to conduct themselves in this crisis, what the government is currently doing and how they’re conducting themselves in those efforts,” he said.Dowell Myers, a professor who will speak at the forum, said this forum will be part of a continuing attempt to help effect change.“It’s an example of USC taking leadership in the state,” Myers said.Galaviz said they expect about 200 people to attend the first forum.The six-member committee includes Los Angeles County Chief Executive Officer William T. Fujioka; California State Controller John Chiang; Parks; and Fiscal Policy Advisor for California Forward Fred Silva.It will also feature two USC professors: Myers, the director of the USC Population Dynamics Research Group; and Bedrosian Center Director Daniel Mazmanian.“We feel that experience of the six panelists can really create a strong learning experience and can get students thinking about how to solve these pressing public policy issues,” Galaviz said.Myers said he believes the forum is a step toward finding a solution.“You need to have lots of dialogue,” he said. “There’s a lot of ideas being put on the table.”These forums will be a semiannual event, Galaviz said.Preliminary ideas for future forums include the film industry, homelessness and health care.