Bataan vows to contain 1st COVID-19 case, asks public cooperation


BALANGA CITY — The provincial government of Bataan vowed to contain the first confirmed case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the province and asked public cooperation to help fight it.

“The patient, identified as PH64 by Department of Health, is currently quarantined in a hospital in Balanga City and is getting all the available medical help that we can provide,” Governor Albert Raymond Garcia revealed in a press conference Saturday.

Garcia said they are now gathering more information about the patient, conducting contact-tracing, and investigating family members and others who may have come into contact with the patient.

The governor also cited prompt responses and initiatives to contain the virus and ensure the safety of every Bataeño. 

“We have made available all medical facilities in the province and offered our resources to help them prepare for any eventuality,” he said.

“We have already activated the Bataan Outbreak Response Team that will conduct a round-the-clock fever monitoring and surveillance of everyone who will enter Bataan,” Garcia furthered.

He disclosed that there are now teams conducting temperature checks to passengers of all buses entering the province.

Those coming from Metro Manila and other areas with confirmed cases of COVID-19 entering the province are also advised to conduct the 14-day self-quarantine at their respective houses.

Moreover, the local chief executive urged his constituents to cooperate with the undertaken measures of the government and seek medical help with proper authorities when one shows symptoms of the virus.

“For any COVID-19 related concern, you can reach us at the emergency hotline 911, as well as at 09276056991, 09199146232 and 6138888,” he stressed.

“Everyone is enjoined to remain calm, vigilant and prayerful. With God’s divine intervention and our cooperation, this too, shall pass,” Garcia furthered.