Both provinces are taking huge steps to win against the pandemic.
Image: Ilocos Norte Official Website
The continuous spread of COVID-19 has affected not only how people live, but also how establishments operate. This seems to be the case for some tourist spots in Ilocos. Hotels are being converted into isolation facilities for possible COVID-19 patients in the north while the southern part of the province is now placed under a new form of quarantine. Here are the major updates on both Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur after the enhanced community quarantine has been lifted, as well as a short status update on one of the many tourist spots in Ilocos.
Ilocos Norte under Interim Modified General Community Quarantine
The province of Ilocos Norte was placed under Interim Modified General Community Quarantine last May 4, 2020. This means that only authorized people are allowed to go out of their homes. However, residents are allowed to roam for 30 minutes within the immediate vicinity of their property to exercise. Safety measures such as social distancing and wearing of face masks must still be observed. Selected businesses including government offices, restaurant and food chains, hardware, repair of vehicles, pet shops, office and school supplies, home and office services, and barber shops are allowed to operate under this form of quarantine, in addition to those already allowed during ECQ.
Ilocos Norte has reported 2 admitted suspect cases who are still waiting for their results as of May 11. The province has also recorded 2 recoveries and zero new COVID-19 cases for a month now.
Ilocos Sur, on the other hand, is now placed under general community quarantine. Governor Ryan Luis Singson provided guidelines for all the residents of the province, including the mandatory use of face masks when going out in public and strict observation of social distancing. The province has 30 suspected cases of COVID-19, 120 discharged cases, and 1 recovered case as of May 10, 2020.
Plaza Del Norte Converted into a PUI Facility
Ilocos Norte’s provincial government-owned hotel has been converted into an isolation facility for people under investigation. Plaza Del Norte is a well-known tourist spot in the province, but it has now been turned into a facility for patients. PUIs with mild symptoms and are high-risk can stay at the Plaza Del Norte for 14 days free of charge, while those who are low-risk and under 60 years old may stay in government isolation facilities.
Plaza Del Norte along with the Laoag City General Hospital and a make-shift tent located at the Department of Public Works and Highways Compound will all be used as isolation facilities in the province.
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