LGU Kauswagan: On COVID-19 local transmission
Office of the Municipal Mayor
Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte
Based on official reports from the Lanao del Norte Provincial Health Office through our Municipal Health Office, an elderly couple who are residents of barangay Kawit Occidental, Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte tested positive for COVID-19 confirmatory tests on 14 July 2020.
One of the patients was confined at a local hospital in Lanao del Norte and later on transferred to Iligan City and the other patient was brought to Cagayan de Oro City since the time they started showing symptoms of the disease.
Based on same information, the patients, both senior citizens with pre-existing conditions, had travelled to Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro City prior to positive confirmation on rt-PCR.
It is with regret that I announce that the female patient had passed away on 15 July. Our hearts go out to the family and loved ones of the deceased and we offer our sympathy and prayers.
It is at this time that we shall continue to show our compassion and support to our people who are affected by this crisis. It has been four months since this crisis began hitting us and our communities. The local government continues to do its best to protect and support its citizens.
Our teams have initiated contact tracing where family members and neighbors who had direct, first-level contact with the patients have been tested and quarantined. We have identified a containment zone and eventually placed barangay Kawit Occidental on hard lockdown for 14 days effective 16 July under the guidance of the IATF zoning containment strategy.
We established security points in the containment area and residents are not allowed to go and in and out of Kawit Occidental for said period.
We call on everyone to remain vigilant and continue to adhere to health protocols so we can prevent further local transmission.
We are doing our best to provide continued guidance to our medical and non-medical frontliners and support to affected communities. We are organizing rice distribution to the 268 affected households in Kawit Occidental.
In general, we ask the public to remain calm and help ensure local transmission is hindered by following our reminders. We ask everyone to stay home, if not really necessary to go out. For those who need to go to work, make sure you wear face masks all the time, wash your hands, and disinfect several times a day.
Further, we ask for your continued understanding and cooperation. We shall overcome this crisis altogether as one strong Kauswaganon community.
ROMMEL C. ARNADO