December 6, 2022

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – This city is eying to open its 100-bed capacity treatment and isolation facility by end of the month.
Mayor Darwin C. Estranero said this is a breakthrough in the city’s anti-Covid-19 response as the facility would provide more efficient management of patients.
He said the project is an answer to the city’s need for treatment and isolation shelters amid the continued rise in Covid-19 cases. Currently, schools are temporarily being used as isolation facilities.
Another project seen to be unveiled is the city’s RT-PCR laboratory.
With the laboratory opening, swab test results can be released earlier than the usual three to four days when samples are brought to Baguio City or the Cagayan Valley Medical Center.
Estranero said the RT-PCR lab will be opened to other municipalities and will strengthen the province’s immediate response for Covid-19 patients.  
The three-week enhanced community quarantine lockdown in Tabuk has been lifted and the city is now under general community quarantine from Feb. 15 until end of the month.
Because of continued rise in Covid-19 cases, Estranero called on residents to strictly follow health protocols.
As of Feb. 12, Tabuk has recorded 881 cases of which 324 are active and 11 are deaths. – Larry Lopez