Local government halls locked down

By Dolly Yasa


BACOLOD City – Mayor Neil Lizares said the Talisay City Hall in Negros Occidental was closed from Monday to Tuesday for disinfection after an employee assigned to the public market contracted the coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19.

“This is to inform everyone that the New Talisay City Hall will be closed on April 12 and 13, 2021. This is in line with the recent news that an employee assigned to the Talisay Public Market tested positive for Covid-19. Since the result of the preliminary contact tracing showed that the said employee was able to go to the New Talisay City Hall and made contact with some employees, a thorough disinfection is needed and a stringent contact tracing must be made,” Lizares said.

Lizares said he convened the Talisay Local Inter-Agency Task Force to address and recalibrate the city’s response to the rapid resurgence of the disease.

“While the New Talisay City Hall will not be available for transactions on these days, the city assures you that this is for the greater good and safety of the public,” he added.

He also said that business will proceed as usual once disinfection and contact tracing are done and the results of the swab tests of employees who had close contact with the patient are already available.

Meanwhile, in a post on her Facebook page, La Castellana town Mayor Rhumyla Nicor- Mangilimutan said that the town municipal and the Rural Health Unit was also closed Monday after some RHU employees were infected.

The RHU is situated in the municipal hall building.

The Rural Health Unit of Valladolid, including its birthing clinic, had been placed on lockdown since April 10 after two midwives were also infected with the virus.

The RHU of Murcia was also temporarily closed until further notice after its health care workers were infected, and contact tracing and disinfection activities are ongoing, the LGU said in an advisory.