Kabayan COVID-19-free among 13 Benguet towns
Kabayan is the only town in Benguet that has not reported any confirmed Covid-19 case since March.
Since the start of the community quarantine, Kabayan has been implementing measures to prevent the spread of the virus. As early as February, the local government unit has imposed a ban on tourists wanting to scale Mount Pulag National Park, one of the most visited tourism sites in Benguet.
The 179 total confirmed cases in the province as of Aug. 27 are spread out in the other 12 municipalities.
The Benguet Provincial Health Office recorded that La Trinidad has the highest cases recorded with 117, of which 60 are active cases and 57 have recovered.
The La Trinidad Municipal Health Office reported that 65 percent of the Covid-19 cases are local travelers with frontliners particularly police personnel and applicants comprising 24 percent of the total cases. The remaining percentage involves returning residents and contacts of patients.
Tuba town recorded a total 18 cases, of which 13 have already recovered.
Benguet Gov. Melchor Diclas said Tuba has setup its own isolation facility to cater to asymptomatic and stable patients as the Benguet General Hospital has reached its full capacity for Covid-19 patients.
Itogon has logged 13 total cases with 12 recoveries and one death and has no active cases as of Aug. 26.
Itogon’s Covid-19-related death was a 58-year-old male with comorbidity, which is also the first recorded death in the province.
As of Aug. 26, the towns of Tublay, Bokod, and Mankayan have logged five total cases each with Bokod and Tublay having one active case each while Mankayan has no active cases.
Sablan and Buguias have four total cases with no active cases; Kibungan has three total cases; Kapangan and Atok have two cases each; and Bakun has logged one case. All these patients have so far recovered.
Diclas has urged community residents to continue observing the minimum health protocols such as wearing of face masks and shields, regular washing of hands, observing physical distancing, avoiding crowded places, and staying at home. – Ofelia C. Empian