Vizcaya capitol to open next week

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, April 15 (PIA) - The Provincial Capitol in this town is expected to open next week with the recovery of workers recently infected with COVID-19.

Dr. Edwin Galapon, Provincial Health Officer said COVID-19 positive workers in various offices of the Provincial Capitol will soon recover after receiving treatment from various medical centers.

"As of April 14, there is no new case reported among employees within the Provincial Capitol compound so we expect the lifting of the temporary closure order next week," he said.

Galapon also said Governor Carlos Padilla who was also infected earlier with COVID-19 was already discharged from the Salubris Medical Center on April 13 but needs to complete the 14-day quarantine period.

Provincial Jail Warden Carmelo Andrada who was also recuperating at the Dupax District Hospital (DDH) due to COVID-19 is now recovering.

The Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDLSs) at the Provincial Jail showed the most number of infected sector within the Provincial Capitol with 67, including five Jail Guards who are also recovering from various isolation areas.

"We are very grateful to all the donors who provided assistance during this time of pandemic especially to Governor Carlos Padilla for continuously overseeing the priority needs of our PDLs," Andrada said.

Galapon said disinfection activities within the Provincial Capitol will be done regularly and intensively due to the emergence of COVID-19 transmission within work places.

He also said that based on the COVID-19 Epidemiologic curve category, the province is still under moderately risk province but registered a high incidence of deaths.

Galapon said the province topped other provinces in Cagayan Valley in terms of Fatality Rate (FR) with 4.5 percent.

Data from the Provincial Department of Health Office (PDOHO) dated April 12 showed that Nueva Vizcaya has 679 COVID-19 active cases with 80 deaths.

He added that there is a difference between their COVID-19 reports compared to the Municipal Health Offices (MHOs) as the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) is basing their data on the confirmatory RT-PCR report of DOH while the MHOs also reflect Antigen Test results. (MDCT/BME/PIA-2 NVizcaya)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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