PGIN doubles effort to stop another COVID-19 outbreak


Jan. 14, 2021 ...

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) has reinforced its anti-COVID-19 efforts amidst another outbreak in the province.

Currently, Ilocos Norte recorded 138 active cases. Of which, 103 are in Laoag City, 18 in Batac City, and 9, 6, and 2 in Nueva Era, Bacarra, and Sarrat, respectively.

On January 11, Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc declared General Community Quarantine (GCQ) over Laoag through an Executive Order to abate the further spread of the disease. He confirmed that the quarantine classification in the province's capital will last "indefinitely."

Gov. Marcos Manotoc likewise appealed to all Laoag City residents to "keep parties small and as infrequent as possible."

"We are hoping to limit leisure and non-essential travel and minimize all sort of gatherings," he said.

Earlier, PGIN's Provincial Health Office led the conduct of an emergency hiring of contact-tracers to augment the need for manpower of the different local government units.

For the Laoag City situation, Dr. Josephine Ruedas, OIC-Provincial Health Officer, has urged residents of affected barangays who were deemed contacts of a positive case to cooperate and participate in the expanded-targeted testing. She ensured that swab test results can now be released 24 hours after testing.

Further, Dr. Norman Rabago, a Provincial Health Consultant now spearheads Laoag's more systematic and organized pandemic response:

"One of the strategies [that we use] to compel people to submit themselves to swab testing is to require them with RT-PCR results if they want to go out of the lockdown area," Dr. Rabago explained.

The majority of recorded cases are asymptomatic. The first batch of quarantining patients have been discharged earlier this week.