BAGUIO CITY, Benguet, Philippines — Has no reported cases of COVID-19 since March 28, Mayor Benjamin Magalong said.
No new cases have been reported in the city because of the cooperation of residents, who followed the quarantine guidelines and have stayed home for the last three weeks. The contract tracing of people suspected of contracting the disease, even though no confirmatory results, have been released, local officials said.
The city may soon see the statistical “flattening of the curve” due in part to the success of local quarantine. This means that the frequency of infections has been reduced or become manageable for the level of health services available in the locality like Baguio, which has recorded 14 COVID-19 infections.
“In a matter of 7 minutes, made-detect na Kung potentially COVID-19 case to so nakapag-launch na agad kami ng contract tracing, na-isolate agad namin ‘yong patient,” said Mayor Magalong.
Five of these patients have since recovered. Many are Metro Manila residents, while five have gone public to help speed up the tracing and isolation of people with whom they have had contact.
Mayor Magalong highlighted transparency as one of his unconventional approaches in stemming the spread of the virus. He encourages his constituents to be open about testing positive on coronavirus disease.