Baguio bares first COVID-19 local transmission

BAGUIO CITY — Baguio City’s first COVID-19 local transmission case is a health worker at the City Health Services Office.

Joel Junsay, 52, living in New Lucban barangay executed an affidavit Saturday allowing his details to be made public “to save the lives of persons he came in contact with”. He is the 10th COVID-19 positive patient in the city.

He has agreed to reveal his identity to facilitate the tracing of persons he had contact with and start their own quarantine protocols, Baguio City public information officer Aileen Paguio-Refuerzo said.

In revealing his details, Junsay supported the latest proposal of Mayor Benjamin Magalong to reveal the identities of willing CoVID-19 patients to enhance transparency and hasten the city’s contact tracing system.

Junsay’s test result showing positive COVID-19 infection was known Saturday.

He said he developed signs and symptoms last March 12, 2020. He had no travel history outside Baguio.

The health worker was among those tested by the Huawei artifical intelligence CT scan analyzer being pioneered in the city two days ago. His infection was positively detected by the technology.

The AI findings enabled the city to immediately administer the necessary medical intervention for Junsay, and at the same time, launch contact tracing at an early time, said Paguio-Refuerzo.

Mayor Magalong urged all those who had interaction with Junsay for the last 14 days starting on March 12 to get in touch with the City Health Services Office.

With the addition of Junsay to the list of 10 COVID-19 positive patients, Baguio City now has the highest positive cases in the whole Cordillera Region.