CALOOCAN City Mayor Oca Malapitan met with the department heads and local health officials in a virtual meeting early Monday in preparation for the possibility of a third surge of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila due to highly contagious Delta variant.
Officers of different departments, including the City Health Department, City Command Center, City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, directors and officers of public hospital being run by the local government, representative of DILG-Caloocan and heads of other departments and bureau chiefs attended the virtual meeting.
During the meeting, the City Health Department reported that despite the 396 active cases of COVID-19 recorded in the city as of Monday, July 26, there was no single case Delta variant.
“Binibigyang pansin natin ang mga pahayag ng ating mga eksperto hinggil sa mas nakakahawang variant na ito. Kailangan handa tayo anumang oras,” Mayor Oca said.
The virtual meeting was held following the death of Fr. Manuel Jardraque, Jr. of the Mission Society of the Philippines who suffered heart attack while on his way to San Roque Cathedral on Saturday and was later tested positive for COVID-19 as reported by the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
The Caloocan City Government’s COVID Command Center has already ordered the temporary lockdown of the San Roque Cathedral starting Sunday, July 25.
Regarding this, Mayor Oca issued policy directives to concern department heads to intensify testing and contact tracing and additional bed capacity in public hospitals.
He also called on A1 to A5 priority group to get vaccinated.