Bansalan village on lockdown due to confirmed COVID-19 case
DAVAO CITY, June 1 (PIA) – The local government of Bansalan in Davao del Sur province has effected a lockdown on Sunday (May 31) in New Clarin Village in Barangay New Clarin, after a villager tested positive of COVID-19.
Mayor Quirina Sarte issued Executive Order No. 28, imposing a strict movement regulation for the entire village which has 160 households.
This, after the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Bansalan was reported on May 30.
The patient is a 30-year old male patient who is asymptomatic and currently admitted in an isolation facility in Davao City.
Sarte immediately ordered the rapid testing and isolation of the immediate family members of the patient.
“The contact tracing has been done and there were ten persons who had been in close contact with the patient,” stated Bansalan LGU legal counsel Atty. Kirby Albores Villaraiz on his Facebook page post.
Villaraiz mentioned that the LGU has also done disinfection of the whole village and has prepared for relief operation for residents affected by the lockdown.
In a Facebook live announcement through the Balitaan sa Umaga FB page on Sunday, Sarte detailed that the patient asked for certifications from the barangay and municipal LGU and medical certificate from Mabama Hospital because he was due to return to work in a construction company in Davao City on May 26.
She said that the patient was cleared to travel as he had completed a 14-day quarantine when he came home in New Clarin in March.
The mayor bared that the patient was required by his company to undergo a medical check-up and rapid testing where he tested positive.
On May 30, the patient was reported as the 13th confirmed COVID-19 case in the province of Davao del Sur.
Meanwhile, Sarte has issued on May 31, Memorandum Order No. 2020-261-A informing all government offices and departments, punong barangays, municipal Police and other concerned agencies that the entire Bansalan shall maintain a status quo until the specific guidelines of the Modified General Community Quarantine will be finalized within the week.
The mayor advised that the existing guidelines of the GCQ will still be followed until further notice.
As of this writing, Davao del Sur has a total of 14 confirmed COVID-19 cases, broken down as follows: Digos City (9); Matanao (1); Hagonoy (2); Sulop (1); and Bansalan (1).
The first two cases from Digos City and Matanao, both reported on March 30 and who had exposure to Matina Gallera in Davao City, had recovered. (PIA-XI/Carina L. Cayon)