Councilor Jerome Tudlong made the appeal to his kailians with the central barangays of Bontoc Ili, Caluttit, Poblacion and Samoki including barangay Tocucan now under GCQ after being placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine status due to the surge of COVID-19 and the detection of the UK variant COVID-19 in two of the said barangays in January.
"Again, we ask our kakailians to always comply with our minimum health standards established by our health experts," said Tudlong who is the Sangguniang Bayan Committee on Health and Sanitation chairperson, and incident commander of the COVID-19 UK Variant Incident Command Post in Bontoc.
With the five barangays back to GCQ status starting February 8, it means some restrictions will be eased like border checkpoints in Samoki, Amlosong, and Caluttit will be removed and public transportation will now be allowed.
Always remember that this virus is still very much within our midst; the battle against the COVID has not yet ended so there is a need for the public to protect themselves from COVID-19 infection and the UK variant which has been detected in the municipality, Tudlong stressed.
Mayor Franklin Odsey has issued Executive Order No. 13 series of 2021 providing the guidelines for the municipality while it is under GCQ until February 28.Among these are the strict compliance of minimum public health standards such as wearing of facemasks and face shields, physical distancing, frequent handwashing or hand sanitation, proper hygiene and cough etiquette, healthy lifestyle and the strict prohibition of indiscriminate spitting including “momma”.
Department of Health – Cordillera Regional Director Dr. Ruby Constantino has also appealed to the people of Bontoc to strictly follow the minimum health standards to prevent another surge of COVID-19 with reports of the DOH that the fast spread of the COVID-19 in Bontoc was caused by people not following the health protocols.
Last Feb. 6, the Department of Health and UP- Philippine Genome Center announced that three new positive UK variant cases have been detected again in Bontoc. The initial 12 cases of UK variant in Bontoc were reported on January 22, 2021.
It can be recalled that Odsey imposed ECQ status to the five barangays from January 25 to 31 after the surge of COVID-19 cases and the detection of the COVID-19 UK variant in Bontoc, It was extended until February 7 to limit the movements of people while contact tracing, community testing and other activities were conducted by NTF-DOH and local teams to prevent the spread of the virus.
As of February 7, Bontoc has 558 confirmed cases with 370 recoveries, 183 active cases and five COVID-19 related deaths. (JDP/RMC-PIA CAR)
By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis