COVID-19

La Union reports daily record of 17 new coronavirus cases

Frank Cimatu
La Union reports daily record of 17 new coronavirus cases
Local officials have initiated contact tracing and lockdown in the barangays where the 17 cases are located

The province of La Union recorded 17 new coronavirus cases on July 16 alone.

Governor Francisco Emmanuel Ortega III said that 8 cases came from Caba town, while the capital city of San Fernando had 5 cases. The towns of Aringay, Balaoan, Bauang, and San Juan reported one case each.

This is the most number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the province in a day.

Ortega said that the mayors of these towns already initiated contact tracing and lockdown in the barangays where the 17 cases are located.

San Fernando City said that all 5 cases are asymptomatic. The patients – 4 of them women – come from Barangays Sevilla, Poro, Catbangen, Dalumpinas Oeste, and Langcuas. Mayor Alfredo Pablo Ortega placed these barangays under a 72-hour lockdown.

Caba Mayor Philip Caesar Crispino, who himself was the first COVID-19 case in his town, did not specify the barangays of the 8 confirmed cases but said that 6 of them are female and most are in their 20s. He also said that 7 are asymptomatic while one is manifesting mild symptoms. All are admitted at the La Union Medical Center in Agoo.

The patient from Bauang is a 40-year-old woman from Barangay Central East with no travel history. Last July 14, a judge at the Regional Trial Court Branch 28 also tested positive in Bauang, which caused all prosecutors in La Union to undergo swabbing.

In San Juan, a 30-year-old male from Barangay Ili Norte also tested positive. He is a medical frontliner at the Ilocos Regional Training and Medical Center.

The case from Aringay is a 14-year-old boy from Pangaoaoan West who is said to be asthmatic.

As of Friday, July 17, the Philippines recorded 63,001 cases, including 1,660 deaths, and 21,748 recoveries. – Rappler.com