BACARRA, Ilocos Norte, July 2 (PIA) -- After the recoveries of two Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients, the province of Ilocos Norte logs another case of the viral disease from Barangay Duripes in the town of Bacarra.
Identified as Patient IN-C5, she is 22 years old, 8 months pregnant who traveled from Paranaque, Manila to Ilocos Norte on June 21 and was quarantined immediately at the barangay isolation unit.
As a protocol, on her eighth day in quarantine on June 29, she underwent rapid testing and her result was negative for the viral disease.
In the afternoon, the patient was rushed to the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center in Batac City as her bag of water was ruptured and was endorsed to the hospital staff.
Since she is a Person under Quarantine (PUQ), she was swab tested as part of the protocol. Her result came positive for COVID-19.
The patient is not exhibiting any symptoms.
Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc and Bacarra Mayor Fritzie Dela Cruz-Gapasin simultaneously posted their official announcements last night, reminding the public not to discriminate anyone, especially frontliners and townmates of COVID-19 positive cases.
Moreover, Mayor Gapasin mentioned that the Contact Tracing Team was immediately deployed and verifying individuals who have come in contact with the new COVID-19 patient.
Because of this, the barangay where the patient resides is now under lockdown.
"Identified individuals here in Bacarra are already placed under strict isolation and will undergo swab testing this Friday, July 3. Barangay 27 Duripes is placed under lockdown pursuant to Executive Order No. 2020-031," the local chief executive of Bacarra said.
Governor Manotoc continues to remind the public to remain vigilant and follow the minimum health standards such as wearing of face mask and physical distancing.
"Now that our knowledge of the virus, and our capacities against it, have improved, we affirm our rules and procedures to protect you and your family. After all, we are still under a Modified General Community Quarantine. We ask that everyone wear masks, social distance, and encourage others to do the same. Your life and health may be on the line. May we share the responsibility of keeping Ilocos Norte as safe as possible," the provincial governor pronounced. (JCR/JND/MJB, PIA Ilocos Norte)