Ilocos Norte town placed under "expanded lockdown"


Sep. 09, 2020 ...

As COVID-19 cases continue to increase in the Municipality of Sarrat, Town Mayor Remigio B. Medrano has implemented more stringent restrictions by placing affected sitios and barangays under "expanded lockdown."

As of yesterday, Ilocos Norte recorded a total of 72 COVID-19 cases— 29 active cases, 42 recoveries, and one (1) death.

Sarrat town recorded the highest number of active cases with 22, followed by Laoag City and Marcos with three (3) and two (2), respectively. Meanwhile, Batac City and Piddig have each one (1) confirmed case.

Stated in Mayor Medrano's Executive Order No. RBM 2020-062, jurisdictions put under lockdown and containment include the whole areas of Barangay 7 (San Manuel), Barangay 8 (San Antonio), Barangay 9 (San Lorenzo), and Barangay 12 (San Bernabe).

The following sitios are also under lockdown: Sitio Tabunya and a portion of Sitio Centro in Barangay 10 (San Miguel), Eastern Portion of Sitios 1, 2, and 3 in Barangay 11 (Sta. Rosa), Sitio 1 in Barangay 13 (San Pedro), Sitio Guidday and Sitio 4 in Barangay 16 (Sto. Santiago), Sitio 6 and 7 in Barangay 17 (San Felipe), and Sitio 5 and 6 in Barangay 18 (San Isidro).

Moreover, temporary closure is extended in Sta. Rosa Market and Municipal Slaughterhouse, and Sarrat Namnama Multi-purpose Cooperative.

Furthermore, towns that have confirmed COVID-19 cases also ordered lockdown in infected barangays to give way to contact tracing and disinfection.

With the continued expanded and targeted testing in critical and containment zones in Sarrat, almost 500 persons have been swab tested.

The primary and secondary contacts are already identified and instructed to home quarantine while waiting for their swab test schedule. Badoc has almost 100 identified close contacts followed by Marcos and Laoag with less than 10 each.

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte remains keen on fighting discrimination, particularly at this time of the pandemic. Based on Executive Order 90-20 Section 23 (1.d), residents who make discriminatory acts against COVID-19 patients, frontliners, and their relatives shall be penalized with a fine of Php 5,000.00.

"Maybe it is a cultural change that also needs to take place and the changing of mindset. It is a tricky balance because we also don't want people to become paranoid. We want people to be careful and considerate but not overly worried," Governor Manotoc remarked on the strict implementation of quarantine protocols.

To date, the total number of Rapid Antigen Assay Test conducted in Badoc is at almost 800, seven (7) of which tested positive and have been denied entry for security purposes.