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Ecija town hall under lockdown, majority of staff get COVID-19

September 24, 2021 Steve A. Gosuico 541 views

GUIMBA, Nueva Ecija – Operations of the municipal government here were paralyzed as majority of its employees were placed under quarantine after contracting the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Mayor Jose “Boyong-Boyong” Dizon ordered the municipal hall here placed under lockdown after some 17 of the employees tested positive for COVID-19 while 20 others were found antigen-positive and with 450 co-workers classified as close contacts.

Despite under lockdown, Dizon said they are duty-bound to serve and protect the people at all costs. He stressed that the doors of the municipal hall will remain open to his constituents who are in dire need of assistance.

“Kailangang tumayo tayo para sa mamamayan. Ilaban natin hanggang sa dulo ang kanilang kapakanan at bigyan natin sila ng proteksyon at pag-asa,” said the mayor in the municipal government’s Facebook page.

“Bagamat kapos na sa personnel ang relief distribution team, ginagawan pa din ito ng paraan na idiretso ang serbisyo kahit na nakakwarantina ang munisipyo,” the post added.

Also under lockdown was the Guimba Community Hospital after some of its workers tested positive for the coronavirus. It will reopen on Sept. 27.

On Thursday, the provincial disaster risk reduction and management office upon orders from NE-Inter-Agency Task Force head Gov. Aurelio M. Umali conducted disinfection activities at the town hall and other COVID-19-affected areas.

As of Sept. 23, this town registered a total of 1,091 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 19 new cases and 153 total active cases. Total probable cases or those antigen-positive were recorded at 399. Total recovered cases were listed at 868, with total deaths at 70.