Cainta in major clean-up after 2 residents test positive for COVID-19

Published March 9, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Nel Andrade

CAINTA, Rizal – Sanitizing public school buildings and local government facilities continued in this municipality, which is considered the richest town in the country, as part of the local government’s effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

This developed after a husband and his wife, residents of a subdivision here, were considered as the fifth and sixth COVID-19 positive cases in the country.

Using firetrucks to flash out pressured water and chlorine mixture as disinfectant, personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the General Services Office (GSO) of the local government went from one place to the other for a major cleanup as part of measures initiated by the local government to stop the transmission of the dreaded disease which has brought to 10 the number of persons afflicted in the country.

Mayor Johnielle Keith Nieto has ordered the suspension of classes until Tuesday to allow the local authorities and school heads to conduct sanitation and clean-up procedures in their respective premises.

A town-wide thermal screening of all residents was also being conducted in all the villages, including subdivisions since Sunday.

Residents with fever were also beingescorted by local health workers to the People’s Center, a covered and permanent structure in front of the town hall, to undergo further medical examination.

Nieto told The Manila Bulletin Monday afternoon that there were some residents who were brought to the People’s Center, but they were eventually sent home as doctors found out that those with fever had either urinary tract infection or simple colds.

Surgical face masks, alcohols and disinfectant sprays, vitamin C tablets and syrups were also distributed to communities and schools as part of the preventive measures being undertaken by the municipal government here.

A 62-year old male was the first case of local transmission of COVID-19 in the country and was the same person initially tagged by the Department of Health (DOH) as the person who frequented the Moslem prayer community in Greenhills in San Juan. His wife apparently got the virus from him.

Nieto earlier said that the couple’s four children were still under home quarantine in their residence Food and other daily needs of these persons are being provided by the local government.

Drivers of public utility vehicles (PUVs) entering the town or those with terminals in the municipality were being required to wear face mask as among the measures by the local government, to contain the spread of the dreaded virus.