TAGUM CITY – The local government’s Task Force on managing the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) has confirmed the first case of a local transmission case of the dreaded virus in this city.

In a statement posted in the city’s official Facebook page, the city government of Tagum said that the confirmed case involved a frontliner driver who was exposed to a positive patient while he performs his duties shuttling locally stranded individuals, returning OFWs and symptomatic and asymptomatic patients.

The city said the condition of the patient is now being monitored and that they are undergoing self isolation and quarantine.

The city also reported Tuesday five (5) new active cases bringing its total active cases to 21 and overall total cases to 56.

The details of the five active cases are as follows

1. Female, aged 58, with history of exposure to a Covid positive case, for further investigation
2. Male, aged 60, with history of exposure to a Covid positive case, for further investigation.
3. Female,  aged 41, Returning Overseas Filipino, arrived last August 2 via sweeper flight
4. Female, aged 44, Locally Stranded Individual, arrived last July 31 via 2GO sea vessel from Manila
5. Male, no age provided, currently admitted in Southern Philippines Medical Center, for further investigation

The city said that there is a “high possibility” of a community transmission if residents would not take extra precaution and disobey the minimum health standards set by the government.

The local Covid-19 Task Force continues to remind residents to stay at home and avoid leaving their residences if only for very important errands.  Minimum health standards implemented in the city are the wearing of face masks when outside, practicing social distancing, washing of hands with soap and water and disinfection with alcohol.

However, the city continues to suffer from very low pressure the past days due to ongoing repairs on the Tagum Water District’s bulk water supplier plant.  The water district was forced to shut down the plant after city experienced a heavy downpour that flooded five barangays last August 13, 2020.  Rommel F. Lopez