APALIT, Pampanga – Two barangays here have been placed on hard lockdown after it was confirmed that 15 more residents tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Sunday, July 5.
Barangay Capalangan and Sitio Pulong Cauayan in Barangay Sulipan here were placed on enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from July 5 until July 16, as recommended by local chief executives, and approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) in Central Luzon.
Apalit Mayor Jun Tetangco identified Patient 140 as the main source of the spread of the disease.
“ May anak na bumisita sa kaniya from June 12 to June 14 from Metro Manila. She manifested symptoms five days after, and admitted at hospital on June 22 and was discharged June 24. She had difficulty of breathing and taken back to the hospital June 26.” Tetangco said in tracking the history of the patient.
“Swab test results came on June 29 and she was positive. We did contact tracing among six of her close contacts, five of them tested positive. We traced 48 close contacts of the five positive patients, and we now have 15 positive results among the 40, we still have eight pending (results)” Tetangco added.
The municipal government has already traced 56 other probable cases for COVID-19, and have been subjected to swab tests.
Under the approved recommendation of ECQ, Checkpoints were established from Barangay Sulipan-Capalangan and Capalanga-Gatbuca boundaries, and mobile wet markets scheduled on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Essentials and goods will serviced under the barangay’s “Pabili System”, and command centers will be established involving the Municipal health Office, Municipal Risk Reduction Management Office and others to attend to the health concerns of the residents.
Tetangco also suspended the operation of public utility vehicles, while all stores in the barangays will be temporarily closed.