Ilocos Sur confirms 5th COVID-19 case

VIGAN CITY — The province of Ilocos Sur confirmed its fifth positive case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on Saturday, now referred to as IS-C5. 

In a statement issued by Governor Ryan Luis Singson, he said the patient is a 37-year-old male, a resident of San Ildefonso town, and is working as a security guard to one branch of a national agency located in the municipality of Bantay.

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur COVID Action Center received the official result of his swab test at half past six yesterday which reflected the detection of SARS CoV-2.

Governor Singson said the patient denied any history of travel prior to diagnosis and claimed to have a daily work and home routine.

“Given this information, possible sources of infection could be attributable to his nature of work,” Singson said.

Upon initial contact tracing, though, it turned out that IS-C5 has a very broad spectrum of contacts to the second and third degrees.

He has a large household with members having unrestricted movements within the community.

At present, IS-C5 is stable, with very mild symptoms, and is isolated at Ilocos Sur Provincial Hospital-Gabriela Silang in Vigan City.

None of the identified close contacts have yet developed any sign nor symptom of the infection but are already placed on quarantine.

Contact tracing shall continue at his workplace in the succeeding days, this way making sure that any chance of community transmission shall be prevented.

“After conferring with the local government unit (LGU), the whole of Barangay Iboy, San Ildefonso was placed on extreme enhanced community quarantine from July 11-25, 2020 or until officially revoked,” the governor said.

Further, San Ildefonso Mayor Christian Purisima has decided to suspend all religious mass gatherings within the LGU for the next 14 days as additional mitigation measures.

Governor Singson said, “Once more, may this be a reminder that COVID-19 is still there. Worker or not, nobody is spared. Let us practice extra caution when outside because we are now responsible for each other’s health.” ●