BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO AND SHIELA G. GELERA
About 64 families in Purok Boulevard, Barangay 16, Bacolod City, were affected by a lockdown order implemented yesterday after a young couple tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Barangay Captain Andre Familiaran of Brgy. 13 said the COVID-positive couple, who are in their in their 20s, are registered in his barangay but live in Purok Boulevard, a reclaimed land that does not belong to any barangay and was not included during the mapping.
Territorially, Purok Boulevard falls under Barangay 16, he said. Familiaran said the couple had their swab test in a hospital where the wife delivered their child.
While the couple tested positive for COVID-19, their 1-week-old baby tested negative. They are now confined in a hospital.
He said the husband works in a warehouse at the BREDCO Port.
Meanwhile, Police Col. Henry Biñas, Bacolod City Police Office director, and his two personnel subjected themselves to a 14-day home quarantine after one of the five authorized persons outside residence (APORs) they had escorted to a hotel Monday tested positive of the coronavirus.
The five APORs had requested to be transferred from Avenue Suites at Lacson Street to a hotel at Rizal Street Monday, Biñas said, adding that they and the APORs were in separate vehicles.
The vehicles of the APORs were tailing the patrol car on the way to the hotel, he said.
Biñas said the APOR, whose result came out positive Tuesday, or the day after they transferred hotel accommodation, has already been brought to a quarantine facility.
He, the driver, and his other police personnel, who were conducting roving patrol, had no close contact with the APORs. They only facilitated the transfer, he said.
“We have also been escorting locally stranded individuals and returning overseas Filipino workers for easy monitoring,” Biñas added.
Meanwhile, all three major markets in the city will be temporarily closed every Sunday starting tomorrow for disinfection to prevent the spread of the virus.
Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, chairman of the city’s inter-agency task force against coronavirus, said to be temporarily closed on Sundays are Burgos Public Market, Central Market and Libertad Market.
Satellite markets will continue to operate, he said.*