CITY OF DUMAGUETE – Sibulan’s local government unit (LGU), Negros Oriental, as of Monday closed its town hall and rural health unit (RHU) after a counselor and employee tested positive for 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
Indira Requiron Puspus, spokesperson for the city’s Covid-19 Incident Command System, in an interview on Monday morning, said the lockdown would remain indefinite until the contact tracing is complete.
She indicated that massive disinfection will be carried out at the town hall and at the RHU office / building during confinement in anticipation of the influx of people coming to renew or apply for new establishment permits at the beginning of the year.
Puspus said the positive result of the councilor’s swab test was released on Sunday evening, prompting Mayor Jose Abiera and other officials to immediately take necessary precautionary measures.
The mayor had no direct contact with the councilor, but was exposed to one of the legislative staff who was present during city council deliberations, she said.
The lawmaker attended a special session in the municipal session hall on December 28 for deliberation and approval of the LGU budget for 2021, she said.
“We have to undertake a massive identification of the direct and indirect contacts of the adviser and the other employee of the UGL,” she said in the dialect.
The wife of the Sibulan official, who is an employee of the provincial government, was the first to test positive for the coronavirus in late December, she added.
Puspus said the RHU must also be locked down as one of his nurses is the couple’s daughter who has been exposed to both, although her swab result is pending.
Police and other similar emergency and rescue services are on standby as the Sibulan LGU has coordinated with the provincial government for the possible deployment of health workers while RHU staff are on call. quarantine, she added. (ANP)