Leyte town hall closed amid surge in Covid-19 cases

Philippine News Agency
February 22, 2021

CLOSED. The municipal hall of Palompon, Leyte. The local government has been forced to close the building since Friday (Feb. 19, 2021) due to new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) among government workers. (Photo courtesy of Palompon local government)

TACLOBAN CITY – The local government of Palompon, Leyte has been forced to close its town hall since Friday due to new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) among government workers. 

In a video message on Monday, Palompon Mayor Georgina Arevalo said the town hall remains closed for thorough disinfection after finding out that a health worker and an employee who turned positive for coronavirus had direct interaction with co-workers.

“Although they are asymptomatic, they were asked to undergo home quarantine while waiting for their swab test results,” Arevalo said.

On Sunday, the town recorded seven new cases, the highest recorded in a single day since the pandemic.

Arevalo said they still have to decide when to reopen the town hall since their primary concern is the safety of employees and the public.

“We still continue to provide basic services since we have personnel on duty, such as those engaged in garbage collection, emergency response, healthcare, market operations, and the municipal social welfare development office,” she added.

Since last year, the town has already recorded 84 confirmed Covid-19 cases, including 69 recoveries. 

The town so far has no coronavirus-related death.

Palompon, a second class town in Leyte, is known for Kalanggaman Island, a 750-meter long uninhabited island. 

It is a prime tourist destination in this town, popular for its long stretch of white sand and its more than 700-meter long picturesque sandbar on the eastern side and the 250-meter long sandbar on the western part. (PNA)

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