Magallanes town in Cavite records first COVID cases

Dennis Abrina
The town's first two COVID-19 patients are asymptomatic cases and are from Barangay Caluangan

The upland rural town of Magallanes in Cavite on Saturday, July 18 recorded its first 2 cases of the coronavirus disease – 124 days since the province was placed under community quarantine to slow down the spread of the virus.

Mabigat po sa puso ko ang aking magiging announcement. Alam ko hindi ko kayang pigilan at ang kaya lang nating gawin ay ma-delay ang pagkakaroon ng COVID-19 sa ating bayan,” Mayor Jasmin Angelli Maligaya-Bautista said on her official social media account.

(This announcement comes with a heavy heart. I know that I can’t stop COVID-19 from entering our province. We can only delay it.)

On Tuesday, July 14, 60 officials and employees of the Magallanes local government unit (LGU), the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, and other front liners underwent swab testing at the Imus Hospital. (READ: FAST FACTS: What’s the difference between PCR, rapid antibody tests?)

The results for the Magallanes LGU were released on Saturday where 2 employees were positive for COVID-19. Both are asymptomatic cases from Barangay Caluangan. One of them is a healthcare worker in Manila.

The two patients are already in an isolation facility in Magallanes. Officials of the Rural Health Unit (RHU) are also conducting contact tracing of all persons encountered by the patients. Continuous monitoring is also being done through the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT) and RHU.

Offices and operations centers under the Magallanes LGU will be closed from July 20 to 23 for testing, isolation, and observation of all close contacts of one of the positive cases. Disinfection in all facilities is also being undertaken.

Maligaya-Bautista reminded the residents to isolate themselves and do all health precautionary measures.

“Do not let down your guard. Wear [a] mask. Wash [your] hands, bring alcohol, and sanitizer. Maintain physical distancing. Let us help one another. Alam ko kaya mo dahil matapang ang isang Magalleno (I know you can because a Magalleno is courageous). We will heal and we will survive! God bless, Magalleno! And God bless, our town, Magallanes,” the mayor said. –