In the latest report of the Department of Health (DOH) region 2 as of 8:00 AM today, the municipalities of Abulug, Aparri, Ballesteros, Buguey, Calayan Island, Claveria, Pamplona, Sta. Praxedes and Sta. Teresita are the towns that have no positive case yet.
As of press time, Tuguegarao City has the highest number of recorded positive cases with 15; followed by Iguig with 13 cases; Baggao and Lal-lo have 11 cases each; Enrile and Tuao with 10 cases each; Solana with 8 cases; Amulung, Alcala and Camalaniugan with 3 cases each; Lasam, Peñablanca, Piat, and Sanchez Mira have recorded 2 cases each; and one case each for Allacapan, Gattaran, Gonzaga, Rizal, Santa Ana and Sto. Nino towns.
One of the cases from Tuao town died while a construction site in Iguig town is now under close monitoring following the report that the construction workers who came from the National Capital Region and City of Ilagan, Isabela were tested positive for COVID-19.
Governor Manuel Mamba lauded the efforts of the local officials in implementing strictly the quarantine protocols to returning Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
He said most of the positive cases from June to July are LSIs and OFWs who came from areas with local transmission.
"It is good that we detect early who among them are carriers of the virus before they go home to their communities. At least in this way, we avoid community transmission," the governor said in his daily radio program.
He also urged local officials and authorities to strictly enforce checkpoints so that no one from infected areas can enter the province without passing through the quarantine zones.
Based from the report of DOH, 48 percent of the cases in the whole Cagayan Valley region are LSIs, 25 percent are returning OFWs, 20 percent have no travel history or have traveled within the region only, while the other seven percent are health care workers. (MDCT/OTB/PIA 2-Cagayan)
By Oliver T. Baccay