By Nino Luces
LEGAZPI CITY, Albay – Three barangays in this city were placed in total lock down after the Department of Health (DOH) regional office here confirmed three coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in these areas, Friday night.
Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal immediately ordered the lockdown of Barangays 13, 14 and 8 after learning that a patien from Barangay 13, who later went to Barangay 8 and 14 tested positive for the viral disease.
Immediate sanitation and disinfection was also conducted by personnel of the City Health Office (CHO) and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Barangays 13 and 14 on Friday night.
“Sad news po sa ito sa atin,” Rosal said, as he disclosed that an American national, who arrived in the city this month, tested positive for COVID-19 after consulting with physicians at the Bicol Regional Training and Technical Hospital (BTTH).
“Nag-rent siya sa Barangay 13, at ngayon po nakuha natin siya sa isang apartment sa Barangay 8 (He rented an apartment in Barangay 13, but now we got him in an apartment in Barangay 8),” Rosal reported.
The mayor also said that since Barangay 14 was adjacent to Barangay 13, both villages would have to be placed on total lockdown.
“Kalma lang po tayo. May nakabantay na mga pulis po dyan huwag na muna tayo lalabas para sa kaligtasan nating lahat. Gagawa po kami ng paraan kng paano kayo makapamili ng kakainin nyo na hindi na kailangan lumabas ng barangay nyo. Magtiwala po kayo sa amin. Di kayo magugutom,” Rosal said.
(Just be calm. The police will always be on standbuy, so don’t go out of your houses for your own safety. We will find ways so you can still buy food without going out of the barangay. Trust in us, you will not get hungry)