Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (PESU) Coordinator Mark Robin Daguio made an appeal to inbound residents to coordinate first with their respective local government units so that they can prepare the quarantine and isolation facilities.
Daguio explained that returning residents or locally stranded individuals (LSIs) who would be allowed by their respective LGUs to come home should be willing to undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine before they can go home to their respective residences or join their families. This is to ensure there would be less interaction or contacts with other people should they test positive for COVID-19.
Even if the returning residents or LSIs have negative results for COVID-19 from earlier antigen or RT-PCR test, they will still be swabbed tested by their respective rural health units on the fifth day of quarantine.
As of December 16, 2020, Apayao already recorded 84 confirmed COVID-19 cases with six active cases, 77 recoveries and one death.
Provincial Health Officer 1 Dr. Mark Calvan said that majority of the cases recorded in the province are LSIs.
He said the PHO has coordinated with the LGUs to come up with additional isolation facilities to accommodate the influx of their constituents who would want to come home for the holiday season. (JDP/RMC- PIACAR)
By Redjie Melvic Cawis