Expanded  ACT ongoing in 2 brgys in Tabuk City       

CITY OF TABUK,  Kalinga,  Feb. 22 (PIA) --Expanded mass  testing is  ongoing in two barangays in this city after  initial results  of  the COVID-19 Aggressive Community Testing(ACT)  conducted last week showed high positivity rates.

The Regional Task Force on COVID-19 recommended the conduct of expanded ACT at Barangays Malin-awa and Balawag which registed 33% and 11% positivity rate respectively despite a low test turn out in the ACT conducted last Thursday.

Thirty three percent or 30 out of the 91 swab samples taken in Barangay Malin-awa tested positive while 11% or 15 out of the 134 swab samples from Barangay Balawag yielded positive for CoVID-19. The rates would have even been higher had more target individuals in the two barangays were tested, health report said.

Mayor Darwin C. Estranero issued Executive Order No. 11, Series of 2021, placing the two barangays on a two -week lockdown starting February 20 to March 5 to facilitate the expanded ACT.

Because of the high risk rates, the Estanero obliged all barangay officials and residents in the two barangays to undergo the RT-PCR test.

Under the lockdown order, all residents shall observe strict home quarantine with movement limited only to accessing essential and medical needs.

Non-essential business establishments shall be closed and curfew is imposed from 8:00 PM to 5:00 AM.

Public transportation is not allowed and mass gatherings shall be restricted. Checkpoints are established at exit and entry points to monitor and regulate public movement.

It could be recalled that the Regional Task Force on CoVID-19 headed by Office of Civil Defense –Cordillera Regional Director Albert Mogol facilitated the conduct of the ACT by the National Task Force on COVID-19 and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority in Kalinga particulary in Tabuk City, Lubuagan and Pasil.   

Meanwhile, partial count in the first two-days of the ACT   in Tabuk showed 1,727 swabbed, 77 positive and 1,650 negative. More than 5,000 target residents in 10 COVID-19 high risk barangays of Tabuk are covered under the 5-day ACT from February 18-22. (JDP/LL-PIA CAR, Kalinga)

Health workers check on the masterlist of target individuals for swabbing under the COVID-19 aggressive community testing in  Tabuk City.




Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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