By Helen Castaño | 05:37 PM July 30, 2020
The San Miguel Town Hall was closed to the public on Thursday (July 30) to allow the thorough disinfection of offices after a mother of its employees died of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
San Miguel Mayor Virgilio “Dodong” Mendez signed Executive Order No. 2 for the suspension of work of municipal employees effective on Thursday, July 29 until further notice.
In a Facebook post, Mendez said he resorted to this drastic action in order to contain the possible spread of the virus.
“Our contact tracing team has identified the first and second generation already, swabbing and rapid test results will be announced shortly,” Mendez said.
He asked those who were in close contact with surviving members of the family and their close relatives to find time to report to the municipal health office.
” If you are experiencing some health concerns/problems like fever, cough, Sore throat, loss of sense of smell and the like. This senior citizen mayor will continue to try to lead us through this trial and with everyone’s cooperation we will succeed,” he added.
The entire municipal hall, police office building, San Miguel Hospital and other buildings which the Incident Command Team (ICT) considers as directly and indirectly exposed of the virus would be completely disinfect.
The 64-year-old woman from Barangay Poblacion was admitted at San Miguel Hospital last July 20 because of pneumonia. However, the patient died on July 22.
Bohol Governor Arthur Yap said the case in San Miguel was considered a community transmission since she was not an LSI nor an overseas Filipino worker. She had also no direct contact with a Covid-19 patient.
The woman’s children were working at the LGU.
As of yesterday, Bohol recorded 86 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are 25 active cases, 57 recoveries and four deaths.