BACOLOD CITY–A total of 700 households in Brgy. Bug-ang, Toboso, now find their movements restricted after their entire village was ordered locked down for seven days by the local Inter-Agency Task Force after eight residents tested positive for the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
Mayor Richard Jaojoco said that the first to be infected was an employee from the Department of Education, whose husband, two children, and mother have also been diagnosed COVID-positive.
After contact tracing on Tuesday, three of her relatives and one of her close contacts turned out positive for the same disease, Jaojoco said.
“We are still waiting for the results of the testing done on more than 20 of her close contacts,” he added.
The mayor said that the town’s IATF implemented a one-week lockdown to enable it to effectively conduct contact tracing because residents in the area refuse to submit themselves to swab tests, denying, instead, that they had contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19.
With the lockdown in place, only individuals with essential transactions will be allowed to go in and out of the affected area.
Only one member from each household will be issued an essential pass, the IATF resolution said.
Jaojoco said that the municipal government will provide 10 kilos of rice and 10 canned goods per residence.
He believes that the rise in cases in the town in the last two weeks was caused by a new variant that spread very fast.
He added there are two positive cases at the Mayor’s Office, three from the police station, and two from the Army.
Contact tracing is now ongoing to determine who else might have been exposed or infected. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNEWS-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)