By Glen Ramos/Benjamin F. Cuaresma
CAPAS, Tarlac — Mayor Reynaldo L. Catacutan has expressed dismay over the statement released by UP-OCTA research team on November 25, including the municipality in the list of high-risk areas for COVID-19.
The report tagged seven high-risk areas in the country, namely the cities of Makati, Baguio, Lucena, Batangas, Davao, Pagadian, and Capas for the monitoring period of November 17 to 23, 2020.
“We understood why the report was reflected this way because the data was based on reports from November 17 to 23, 2020 wherein we have an outbreak at the company of D’Luxe Bags Inc. Phils., but all of the 128 employees who were confirmed as positive cases have already recovered and there are ZERO D’Luxe related cases as of this date,” Mayor Catacutan stated.
“Since the first positive case, there are 302 total recorded cases, 5 deaths and 237 recoveries,” he added.
As of November 26, 2020, there are 60 active COVID-19 cases in the town, with 32 individuals coming from Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) of the Philippine Army in Barangay Sta. Lucia.
Catacutan said 10 patients are under home quarantine and are already doing well while five individuals are waiting their health clearance. Three patients are under the care of the Tarlac Provincial Hospital.
“Although we have expected the numbers to rise, we conducted the Mega Swab Mass Testing among all front-liners, municipal and barangay officials as well as walk-ins from the public to determine cases and asymptomatic ones,” the Mayor said.
“And we are happy with the results because out of 1,784 individuals swabbed, only 32 were tested positive. All of whom were subjected to isolation and given proper medical assistance, while most of them have already recovered from the virus,” he explained.
The municipal health office also affirmed that there is little to no community transmission in Capas to date. Most of the cases now are APORs.
“For the past months, we fought the pandemic with our resources, information, bayanihan, active cooperation of our people and with the hard work of all frontliners. It is difficult for all of us, and I believe, we have come a long way and WE ARE NO LONGER AT THE STAGE OF PANIC.”
“Still, I am calling for my constituents to continue following health protocols like wearing of face mask when going outside, proper hygiene and physical distancing,” he stressed. (AI/FC/MTVN)