ILOILO – Work at the Iloilo provincial capitol is suspended for two days (Tuesday to Wednesday) to give way to contact tracing and disinfection. Fifteen employees tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
These employees were assigned at the Human Resource Management and Development Office (HRMDO), Provincial Engineer’s Office (PEO), Provincial Assessor’s Office, Provincial Accountant’s Office (PAO), Provincial Health Office, Provincial Legal Office Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO).
Provincial Administrator Suzette Mamon said the employees exhibited COVID-19 symptoms “that’s why gin-swab.”
Results of their reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test came out on Sept. 6.
Mamon said the employees and their close contacts were immediately isolated.
Work in the capitol will resume Thursday.
But the operation of the Civil Defense Operation Center as well as the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) will continue albeit with a skeletal force.
“A skeleton staff will be on duty at the Civil Defense OpCen and the PDRRMO due to the yellow rainfall advisory. All other members of the Civil Defense OpCen are on call/standby,” an advisory from the provincial government read.
As of Sept. 6, the total confirmed cases in Iloilo province reached 26,091, of which 6,053 were active, 19,400 recovered and 638 dead./PN