THE La Carlota City Hall has been put on a one-week lockdown from Monday, August 10 until Friday, August 14, after the executive assistant of Mayor Rex Jalando-on tested positive for the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).
Closed since Monday is the Main City Hall, City Mayor’s Office Building, SP Building, Negosyo Center, City Assessor’s Office, CMO Annex, Commission on Elections and Post Office.
The announcement was posted on the city’s official Facebook account.
The post also mentioned that the City Administrator’s Office has assigned a skeletal workforce to attend to the immediate concerns of the city, especially the locally stranded individuals and repatriated overseas Filipinos.
Jalando-on said he has ordered the immediate swabbing of all personnel in his office. A total of 15 employees, including himself, have had contact with the infected employee.
The executive assistant, a resident of Bacolod City, was swab tested Thursday last week while the result was released on Friday.
Disinfection was also conducted on Saturday while contact tracing is still ongoing.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) was also closed on Monday.
PHO Head Dr. Ernell Tumimbang said that their office located inside the Benjamin Hall compound in 4th Street Lacson, Bacolod City was locked down after a nurse tested positive for the virus.
"The office will be disinfected and contact tracing is ongoing," he said.
Four other nurses were also subjected to swab tests and mandated to undergo home quarantine until their results come out, Tumimbang said.
Those who are negative for Covid-19 will be back to work Tuesday.
The nurses, Tumimbang said, assisted the medical technologists during the conduct of swabbing.
In San Carlos City, an employee of the City Government also tested positive for Covid-19.
Mayor Renato Gustilo said he will issue a Memorandum to all City Government employees banning them from going to Bacolod City after the said employee has been traced to have a travel history in the city.