December 5, 2023

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Health authorities called on residents anew to strictly observe health protocols as the city recorded its first Covid-19-related death on Nov. 9.

The City Health Office reported the case was a 53-year-old employee of the National Irrigation Administration provincial office, who was exposed to a Covid-19 patient.

He was tested last Oct. 28 and was confined at the Kalinga Provincial Hospital due to flu-like symptoms and was later referred to the Cagayan Valley Medical Center due to progressing pneumonia symptoms. He had diabetes.

His remains were brought to his hometown in Lamut, Ifugao.

The NIA provincial office has been locked down during the latter part October because some employees tested positive of the Covid-19. They were placed in quarantine facility inside the compound.

Tabuk City, which has been under modified general community quarantine for five months now, recorded 196 cases of which 36 are active, 161 recovered, and one died as of Nov. 9. – Larry Lopez