TACLOBAN CITY – The city government of Catbalogan in Samar has restricted the movement of one of its most populated villages after a resident tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Mayor Dexter Uy issued Executive Order No. 05-002 on Monday imposing travel restrictions among residents of Mercedes village as a precautionary measure against the possible spread of the disease.
Uy signed the directive a few hours after the DOH announced on Sunday night that a 54-year-old woman from their village has been confirmed to be infected with Covid-19.
The patient is an administrative officer of Tarangnan Community Hospital in nearby Tarangnan town, where several of its workers have turned positive of the virus.
Mercedes, a coastal village, is one of the urban areas in Catbalogan with a population of over 10,000.
Under the directive, no person will be allowed to go out of their house except for healthcare workers, police, military, government employees performing official functions, and village officials.
“All residents of this area are classified as persons under monitoring and will be subject to quarantine protocols as directed by the city health office,” Uy said in his order.
Operations of businesses and institutions in the that area not related to health and peace and order are also suspended.
The city government ordered the movement restrictions until May 19 to facilitate contract tracing and conduct of rapid testing for those who had direct interaction with the infected person.
In a video message on Monday, Uy asked the cooperation of city’s residents now that the city is not anymore free of coronavirus.
“This is sad news for the city but with your cooperation in following health protocols, I believe that we can get through this problem,” he said. “With this confirmed case, I hope this will become a good reason for everyone to seriously follow the policies that we impose and not wait for their virus to spread in the city.”
The announcement of a first Covid-19 case in the city, he added, is bad timing considering the city downgraded its status from enhanced to general community quarantine (GCQ) starting May 1.
“But even if we are now under GCQ, we have still had to do our responsibility to stay at home, practice social distancing, proper handwashing, and the wearing of face mask outdoor,” he added.
Samar province has 11 positive Covid-19 cases — nine from Tarangnan town and one each from Calbayog and Catbalogan cities. (IA/PNA)