BARANGAY Poblacion-B of Tarangnan town in Samar was placed under total lockdown on Monday, April 20, after a resident was found positive for coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
The patient, a 60-year-old female, is the sixth confirmed case of Covid-19 in Eastern Visayas. She has history of exposure and close contact with two Covid-19 patients also from the town.
In his Executive Order 7, Tarangnan Mayor Arnel Tan also declared total lockdown of certain blocks of the barangay to contain the spread of the virus, as well as restrictive community quarantine for barangays with no suspect, probable, and confirmed cases, including Sitio Duyunan of Barangay Imelda and Sitio Upper Bahay of Barangay Bahay of Tarangnan.
In the barangay that is under total locldown, no residents will be allowed to go out of their homes, even for livelihood purposes.
Also, no persons will be allowed to enter or stay on lockdown areas except for security personnel, medical, and rescue teams of the municipality.
For the area along the highway, passersby are allowed to pass by, while no vehicles are allowed to stop.
Water, food supplies, and other needs, however, will be delivered to every house.
Immediate families within the house of the confirmed Covid-19 patients will be prohibited to go out of their residence for whatever purposes, the order stated.
All their needs will be provided by the local government unit and barangay Covid-19 response, it added.
In the barangay under restrictive community quarantine, no residents from these areas will be allowed to go outside of their residence without a face mask.
Also, no residents will be allowed to out of their houses without any essential reasons.
“Bystanders shall be arrested if proven to be roaming outside their premises without any reason regardless if they have quarantine pass on hand. No half-naked persons especially men shall be allowed to go out of their residents regardless if they have essential purpose and quarantine pass,” the order added.
The mayor said violators are expected to be sent home or get arrested if they insist.
Dr. Minerva Molon, director of the Department of Health (DOH)-Eastern Visayas, said the sixth Covid-19 patient in the region worked in a community hospital of Tarangnan. She has cough, which started on April 11.
Last April 16, the DOH collected swab samples from the patient and sent it to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) in Cebu City for testing.
“The patient is still having an occasional cough and will be transferred to our referral hospital for further monitoring and management,” Molon said on Monday.
Tarangnan, a fourth-class municipality with 41 barangays, has a population of 24,992, as of the 2015 census.