Fifty-eight inmates and jail guards of Laoang Sub-Provincial Jail in Northern Samar province were placed in isolation cells Wednesday, October 14, after testing positive for the coronavirus.
The outbreak was confirmed by Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Rei Echano of Northern Samar Wednesday.
Echano, said they were looking into how the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, started inside the jail facility.
” Wala pa breakdown kung ilan dito sa nag positive ang jail guards at inmates,” Echano told Rappler as the numbers continued to rise.
Echano said it was possible the inmates and jail guards were exposed to those sick inmates who were tested positive for the virus last week.
Laoang jail facility has 180 inmates. Because of the infections, visitations were put on hold.
According to Echano, all necessary measures were undertaken to contain the further transmission.
” We are fast tracking down people who have crossed path with newly diagnosed COVID-positive patients, so they can be quarantined well before they show symptoms,” Echano said.
And with the increasing number of cases now in the province, according to Echano, the provincial government of Northern Samar was contemplating reimposing to general community quarantine.
Currently, the province is under the less restrictive modified general community quarantine.
Lockdown in Catarman, Northern Samar
Echano also confirmed that DOH Eastern Visayas officially declared the presence of local transmission in the entire province.
It was learned also that in some areas like in Catarman town in Northern Samar, restrictions were tightened because of rising infections recorded in just a single week. Governor Edwin Ongchuan requested the implementation of a lockdown or enhanced community quarantine in all 22 barangays of Catarman starting 12 am of October 15.
Starting October 7, in a single week, Catarman recorded 55 infections, including 1 death. – Rappler.com