Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan Jr. stressed what health authorities keep on saying that following health protocols and guidelines such as wearing masks and face shields, maintaining social distancing and avoiding mass gatherings is the best way to break the chain of infection of the COVID-19.
He called on the people to use their masks properly and to strictly avoid all sorts of mass gatherings including family reunions, or simple get together with family members and other individuals to prevent the spread of the virus.
Lacwasan also reminded those who have been advised for swabbing and those who have been swabbed and awaiting results for their RT-PCR to strictly comply with quarantine protocols and self-isolation.
The surge of COVID-19 cases in the province the past weeks is taking its toll on the health sector which workforce is already exhausted and depleting with some of medical frontliners getting infected with the virus. The health facilities are also being overwhelmed with the very limited COVID-19 wards.
“We cannot afford a continuous upsurge. We must strive to flatten the curve for all of our sakes,” he said.
The DOH on Friday (Jan. 22), confirmed the presence of the B.188.8.131.52 or the UK variant in Bontoc and in La Trinidad, Benguet. In a DOH press release, 12 of the 16 additional cases are from Bontoc. Of these 12 cases, seven are male and five are female. Three are aged below 18 years old and another three are above 60. The Provincial Health Office also reported that 11 are from Samoki while one is from Bontoc Ili.
Meanwhile, Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey called on the people of the capital town Bontoc to intensify adherence to basic health protocols and cooperate to ensure safety against the COVID-19 particularly the new UK variant. Of the 35 specimens from COVID-19 positive cases Bontoc, 12 turned out positive for the new variant which is said to be more transmissible.
Lock down earlier ordered in the four central barangays including Samoki and Bontoc Ili is still in effect.
Odsey, who announced last Jan. 15 he also tested positive for COVID, assured that the local government unit LGU is doing its best to deter the further spread of the virus.
As of Jan. 22, PHO records show Bontoc has total of 340 cases with 86 recoveries, 252 active cases and two deaths. (PIA CAR)
By PIA CAR