SAN FERNANDO CITY, April 3 (PIA) -- San Fernando City, the lone city of the province of La Union, has recorded its first two cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on Thursday.
In an official statement posted at the city's official Facebook page, Mayor Alfredo Pablo R. Ortega III confirmed the two cases as of 4 p.m. of April 2 as relayed by the Department of Health (DOH) Region 1.
Said cases are from Barangays Lingsat and Sevilla.
"The patients belong to the the group 60-66 years old and the other to the 40-49 years old age group," informed Ortega.
He said further that the patients are in stable condition and are currently admitted at LORMA Medical Center and Ilocos Training Regional and Medical Center (ITRMC), respectively, both are health facilities located in this city.
"The City COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force and the concerned Barangay Councils are conducting strict measures on proper handling and contact tracing," the local chief executive said.
Specifically, the DOH Region 1 identified that the case in Barangay Lingsat is a 66 year old female who has no travel history and no unknown exposure.
The onset of her symptoms was felt on March 26 until she was admitted at Lorma Medical Center on March 29.
The other positive case is a 44-year-old male from Barangay Sevilla who has no travel history and no unknown exposure as well. He felt the symptoms on March 17 and was admitted at ITRMC on March 18.
Prior to the confirmed cases, the city government has started implementing Pre-Emptive Heightened Enhanced Community Quarantine under Executive Order No. 50 - 2020 issued by Ortega on March 31.
The city government officials also conducted an assembly to discuss further plans and strategies to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. It was led by Ortega and City Vice Mayor Maria Rosario Eufrosina Nisce, together with the Liga ng mga Barangay Board Members, selected City Department Heads, members of the Incident Management Team, Philippine National Police (PNP), and Department of the Interior and Local Government.
"The City Government of San Fernando, La Union, through the assistance of the PNP, will increase the number of enforcers to ensure strict implementation of the stay at home policy, especially from the barangays with positive cases," stated in the Facebook post on Friday.
Further, discussed in the assembly are the key points and considerations of possible lockdown in the locality vis-à-vis the existing national guidelines, the continuing relief operations, and the social amelioration programs of the government.
The two COVID-19 cases of San Fernando City bring to a total of 12 cases in La Union as of April 2. (JCR/JND, PIA La Union)