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Gov. Marcos Manotoc urges health authorities to widen COVID-19 contact tracing

LAOAG CITY — After recording its first two positive Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) infection cases, Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc is now urging health authorities and local chief executives to widen the scope of patients’ contact tracing.

Through a public advisory posted online last March 31, the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC) confirmed that a 42-year-old from Barangay Sungadan, Paoay, Ilocos Norte and a 49-year old from Barangay Magnuang, Batac City, both male, have tested positive for COVID-19. The former has no travel history while the latter traveled to Metro Manila several times.

The two patients were admitted at the MMMH&MC and are now in stable condition.

“We are in close coordination with the Department of Health, mayors, and respective city and municipal health officers and barangay captains to further contact trace these two patients,” Gov. Marcos Manotoc declared in his official statement.

Moreover, he ordered a lockdown of the barangays where the patients reside.

“I sincerely ask for your cooperation to prevent the spread of the disease in our beloved province.

“Please strictly observe house quarantining, only leave your home for necessities, continue to practice good hygiene, exercise, and do not worry too much,” he posted.

Gov. Marcos Manotoc further assured that the province’s medical personnel are properly trained to handle COVID-19 cases and that hospital supply is sufficient.

“We do not know the duration or severity of this calamity but we do know that our actions will affect the outcome,” he continued.

“We pride ourselves in being a strong, resilient people. History seems to be testing us once again but we will get past this, as we always have, in true Ilokano fashion,” he ended.