Mayor Hector Reuel Pascua said the three new cases on August 9 bring to five the town’s total number of COVID cases.
Pascua in his official statement, said the third case is a 25 year old male returning overseas Filipino.He completed the 14 day quarantine and tested negative before going home to Apayao. He underwent another 7-day mandatory quarantine in his hometown which he also completed. Then he was served a warrant of arrest due to a previous case he was involved with. He was detained at the Pudtol Municipal Police Station, and as a requirement for admission to the Luna Bureau of Jail and Management and Penology facility, he was swabbed and his test result that came in August 8 yielded positive for COVID-19.
The fourth case is a 35 year old female, a barangay health worker from Barangay Aurora. She was swabbed tested on August 5 as part of the mass testing for frontliners in the province. She is asymptomatic and now admitted at the Far North Luzon Hospital and Training Center in Luna due to an existing medical condition.
The fifth case is 22 year old member of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) and a resident of Barangay Cacalaggan. He exhibited symptoms and was immediately transported to the Far North Luzon Hospital and Training Center.
Pascua said concerned barangays where patients reside are now placed on temporary lockdown as well as the municipal boarders. The temporary lockdown shall not hamper government of essential goods, agricultural products, workers and APORs subject to verification of appropriate identification papers, media documents and travel authority documents.
The Pudtol MPS is also placed under temporary lockdown while waiting for the test results of those uniformed personnel who are direct contacts of the detainee.
Pascua enjoined the people to take all precautionary measures while reminding them to avoid spreading unverified information that discriminate the patients and their families. (JDP/RMC-PIA CAR)
By Redjie Melvic Cawis