Catbalogan mayor positive for COVID-19, city on lockdown

Jazmin Bonifacio

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Catbalogan mayor positive for COVID-19, city on lockdown

QUARANTINED. Mayor Dexter Uy is among the 55 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Catbalogan City reported by the health department on August 20, 2020. Photo from Mayor Uy's Facebook

Catbalogan City, the capital of Samar province, has 122 total active cases, dozens of them health care workers

Samar Governor Michael Tan has placed Catbalogan City under lockdown starting Friday, August 21, after the city mayor, Dexter Uy, tested positive for the coronavirus disease. 

Uy got the results of his COVID-19 test on Thursday night, August 20, along with 54 other positive persons from Catbalogan City, the capital of Samar.

These 55 new confirmed cases bring to 122 the total active cases in the city. Of these new cases, 36 are health care workers. Catbalogan has an estimated population of 104,000, as of 2015 census.

Governor Tan also temporarily suspended the operations of the Samar Provincial Hospital on Thursday night, pending the release of the COVID-19 test results for all the staff and health professionals of the facility. 

However, the hospital will still accept patients in emergency cases.

Catbalogan City is supposed to celebrate its fiesta on Monday, August 24, but the governor ordered residents not to accept visitors to avoid transmission of the virus.

On Thursday evening, the Department of Health also recorded 22 new positive cases in other municipalities in Samar, bringing to 192 the total cases in the entire province.

For Eastern Visayas, 97 new confirmed cases were recorded Thursday – the highest single-day increase in the region. The region’s total number of cases is now at 1,918, with 685 them active. 

These 97 new confirmed cases in the region were tested by the Eastern Visayas COVID-19 Testing Center (76 cases) and the Divine Word Hospital Virology Laboratory (21 cases), both located in Tacloban City. –

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