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La Union logs 31 new COVID-19 cases

Philippine Information Agency
12 Aug 2020, 16:38 GMT+10

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Aug. 12 (PIA) - The province of La Union recorded 31 new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on Tuesday, Aug. 11, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 181.

In an official statement of Governor Francisco Emmanuel R. Ortega III posted on the province's Facebook page, the new cases increased the number of active cases to 109.

He said the 31 new cases, which is the highest number of cases recorded in a day, came from the following local government units (LGUs): 11 from the Municipality of Burgos, 10 from Tubao, three from Balaoan, three from the City of San Fernando, two from Naguilian, one from Bauang, and one from Santol.

"The provincial government has already coordinated the necessary information with the respective local chief executives of the concerned LGUs," said the governor.

He added, "Necessary measures such as contact tracing, isolation, testing, and decontamination have commenced."

On a lighter note, three new recoveries were also logged, all from the City of San Fernando, making the total number of recoveries to 64.

Despite the surge of cases, he stressed that the provincial government, in cooperation with its governance partners, has strengthened efforts on detection and surveillance in aid of mitigation efforts and immediate treatment.

According to Adamor Dagang, provincial information and tourism officer, among the best practices of the province include the provision of financial and technical support to LGUs in establishing isolation centers and in contact tracing, establishment of Home of Hope for returning Overseas Filipino Workers and locally stranded individuals, provision of shelter for frontliners, and development of information technology-based planning and monitoring, among others.

Specifically, in an effort to strengthen disease surveillance through contact tracing, the provincial government aims to enhance its existing COVID-19 Dashboard for a more in-depth and evidence-based analysis to facilitate proactive, faster and efficient tracing of COVID-19 contacts.

This is the result after Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, the appointed Contact Tracing Czar of the country, had a meeting recently with the provincial officials led by Gov. Ortega.

Further, with the City of San Fernando having the most number of active cases at present, the provincial government extends its full support to the city government in managing their COVID-19 situation by conducting series of activities to include monitoring of minimum health standards; assessment of peace and order situation; and augmentation of relief operations, peace and order personnel, and swabbing team.

Meanwhile, as the province gives its utmost effort in managing the pandemic, Ortega urged all residents to remain vigilant and continue to observe minimum health standards to help control the spread of the virus.

"I also call on your cooperation in making La Union a strong, secure, and resilient province," he said. (JCR/JND, PIA La Union)

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