BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Contact tracing is being intensified after 26 employees of the Kabankalan City Hall in Negros Occidental tested positive for coronavirus disease, as of Monday.
Jake Charlyne Tugbang, Kabankalan City Hall public information officer, said yesterday that the 26 City Hall employees brought to 82 the Covid-19 active cases in the city, as of Nov. 30. They are now in various quarantine centers in the city.
Of the 141 Kabankalan City Hall employees, who underwent RT-PCR testing last week, two yielded positive results, Tugbang added.
She said Kabankalan City Mayor Pedro Zayco tested negative for the virus.
City Administrator Higenio Sixto Garaygay reported that the City Engineer’s Office has 17 personnel infected with the virus, while others are from the City Assessor’s Office, City Treasurer’s Office, General Services Office, and the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.
Garaygay said the spread of Covid-19 virus apparently took place after the death of the assistant city engineer.
Tugbang said another batch of Kabankalan City Hall employees are scheduled to undergo RT-PCR testing on Dec. 3.
The Kabankalan City Hall re-opened Thursday last week after the decontamination and disinfection of the entire place.
Tugbang said that 50 percent of the City Hall workforce are reporting for duty, with the remaining 50 percent working from home.
She added that Zayco will issue an executive order to impose a curfew from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. the next day, and prohibit the holding of social gatherings and Christmas parties.
Of the 478 confirmed cases in Kabankalan City, the local government unit reported that there are 384 recoveries and 11 deaths.*