Magalong favors ECQ extension after Baguio records 11 new COVID cases

Published April 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Zaldy Comanda

BAGUIO CITY – After the city recorded 11 confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) over the weekend, Mayor Benjamin Magalong said he was now keen on favoring an extension of the enhanced community quarantine here.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong  (JJ Landingin / MANILA BULLETIN)
Mayor Benjamin Magalong

“We are ramping up our testing at a rate of 200 patients a day or more. We need to determine the real COVID19 situation in Baguio City to be able to arrive at a sound and logical decision. The only way to do that is to test, test and test,” Magalong said Sunday, April 26, after three more health workers tested positive for COVID-19.

This was to add to the six who were also confirmed to have contracted the viral disease on Saturday, April 25.

In a statement by Magalong sent to The Manila Bulletin, he said with these latest developments, he was now opting for the declaration of an extension of the ECQ.

Of particular interest for Magalong was the condition of the city’s health workers after four of those who tested positive on Saturday were found to be frontliners at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) – two physicians, a nurse and a registration desk clerk; and the three who were found infected last Sunday were also medical professionals – two doctors and a nurse.

“We need to address the transmission inside BGHMC among our healthworkers. It is a major concern because of the risks they are facing and considering the fact that BGHMC is the COVID19 test center for the entire Northern Luzon,” Magalong underscored.

He also said that extensive testing of the city’s other health workers was already underway so that “we can immediately detect, isolate and contact trace.”

After the 11 patients were added over the weekend, the city now has 28 confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 15 were active, 12 recovered, and one fatality.