February 9, 2023

Tracing is ongoing for the contacts of the three individuals from La Trinidad, Benguet, who were identified as direct contacts of the second case of Covid-19 delta variant from Baguio City.
Mayor Romeo Salda said the three persons have since recovered and completed their 14-day quarantine even before the result from the Philippine Genome Center was released.
Salda said the three individuals rode the same sweeper along with the 34-year-old male returning overseas Filipino worker, who was identified as the second case of Delta variant in the locality.
The OFW arrived in the country on July 18 and underwent a 10-day quarantine in Manila before travelling to Baguio last Aug. 4 for an additional seven-day home isolation.
The three contacts were re-swabbed and were negative for the Covid-19.
“La Trinidad is safe from the possible source of the Delta variant,” Salda said.
The Strawberry Hotel serves as a quarantine facility for OFWs, while asymptomatic patients are brought to the Concordia College building at the Pico-Lamtang Road.
Symptomatic patients are referred to the Benguet General Hospital. 
Salda said only a few asymptomatic patients are allowed to have home quarantine.
The barangay health emergency response teams must first inspect the residence of those who can qualify for home quarantine.
Earlier, Benguet Gov. Melchor Diclas issued an advisory requiring all non-Benguet residents to present a negative RT-PCR test result or a card reflecting they are fully vaccinated at the checkpoint before entering the province.
Diclas also issued a memorandum on Aug. 13 discouraging uncoordinated transfer of patients from other provinces or local government units to the BeGH following a sharp increase in hospital admissions. – Ofelia C. Empian