Ilocos Norte's Capital City conducts expanded-targeted testing to stop virus outbreak


Nov. 17, 2020 ...

The City Government of Laoag, in cooperation with the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte's Task Force Salun-at, is currently conducting expanded-targeted testing after its one (1) barangay recorded an outbreak of COVID-19.

As of yesterday, Ilocos Norte tallied 185 confirmed cases. Of which, 53 are active cases, 130 are recoveries, with two (2) deaths. Laoag City recorded the highest number of active cases with 39, 31 of which are from the Sitio Dungtal of Brgy. 23 San Matias; followed by Brgy. 5 San Pedro and Brgy. 1 San Lorenzo with four (4) and two (2), respectively. Meanwhile, Brgy. 10 San Jose and Brgy. 61 Cataban have each one (1) confirmed case.

At present, the COVID-19 Contact Tracing Operation Center, together with the City's contact tracing team, are adopting expanded-targeted testing in which one (1) representative in every household in critical and containment zones is swab tested. To date, less than a hundred persons in the said zones have been swab tested.

Moreover, Mayor Michael Marcos Keon issued Executive Order No. MMK-064 s. 2020 placing Sitio Dungtal, Sitio Karuked, and Sitio Baldias of Brgy. 23 San Matias, including Sitio 1 and 2 of Brgy. 13 Nuestra Señora de Visitacion under 14-day lockdown.

In his Facebook post, the City Mayor requested the affected residents to cooperate with the ongoing  contact tracing and advised everyone who has direct exposure to confirmed cases to immediately coordinate with the City Health Office and the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team, especially when COVID-19 symptoms show.