June 24, 2024

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Mayor Romeo Salda ordered thorough contact tracing and disinfection as a village here has been put under extreme enhanced community quarantine (EECQ) after a new Covid-19 case was reported.

The Department of Health-Cordillera confirmed on April 20, the newest Covid-19 case in the region – a 22-year old female nurse from Barangay Tawang, who is working at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center. She is the 25th case in the region.

Salda issued Executive Order 23 which placed Lower Boted in Barangay Tawang under EECQ from April 21 until further notice. This is to ensure that the virus would not spread in the community while the LGU conducts contact tracing and disinfection.

During the EECQ, residents are not allowed to go out of their houses or even do an errand. Sari-sari stores will not be allowed to operate as well.

The Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office will distribute relief packs to the affected residents during the duration of the EECQ. 

In the contact tracing, at least 50 individuals who the patient came into contact with in the past days which include family members, relatives, friends and workmates have been traced. They were asked to go on home quarantine. 

In Baguio City, Mayor Benjamin Magalong said measures were undertaken to facilitate contact tracing, quarantine, disinfection and medical interventions to prevent transmission.

The patient is the second nurse from the BGHMC afflicted by the Covid-19. The first is a 33-year old male from Camp 7. Both nurses are now in stable condition. – Redjie M. Cawis