MOUNTAIN PROVINCE – Seven municipal government employees of Bauko, this province, were among the 77 persons who tested positive for COVID-19 last Wednesday.
The Provincial Health Office said of the 77 new cases, 36 were from Bontoc, 14 in Besao, four in Bauko, six in Sabangan, four in Tadian, and three in Sadanga.
Bauko Mayor Abraham Akilit issued Memorandum No. 2021-18 suspending work in the local government and placing the municipal compound in Barangay Abatan under preventive lockdown Thursday and Friday after seven municipal government employees tested positive for COVID.
Akilit said the lockdown will pave the way for efficient contact tracing and disinfection of the municipal offices and its compound.
Regular services will resume Monday.
Bauko now has 59 confirmed cases, 40 recoveries, and 19 active cases.
Most of the cases are close contacts of COVID-19 patients except the five frontline workers of Bontoc, the 11 returning residents of Besao, one health worker from Bauko, and one frontline worker from Tadian.
The 14 new cases in Besao were from Barangay Kin-iway, 10; Besao West, two, and Payeo, two.
Nine of them returning student, three are primary contacts, and two are a returning resident and construction worker.
Sabangan Mayor Marcial Lawilao Jr. has suspended work in the municipal government until the release of the swab test results of all employees conducted Thursday and adopted work from home arrangements.
Lawilao said upon the recommendation of Municipal Health Office, he has placed Poblacion under total lockdown until further notice due to the wide coverage of contacts.
He advised all residents to closely coordinate with barangay officials and personnel of the municipal health office for contact tracing.
The town has now 47 active cases.
Mayor James Pooten Jr. announced that the reopening of the town, known for hanging coffins in Echo Valley, to tourists will be put on hold to ensure the safety and health of the people due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the municipality and in the entire Mountain Province.
Pooten also announced the cancellation of the annual Etag Festival from Jan. 30 to Feb. 4 upon the recommendation of the municipal council to prevent further spread of the virus.
Mountain Province to date has 533 cases, 368 of which are active, 163 (30.6 percent) recoveries, and two (0.4 percent) deaths.