Lapu-Lapu City Hall stays open despite coronavirus cases

THE Lapu-Lapu City Hall will remain open despite the confirmed cases of coronavirus infection among the local officials and employees.

Nagiel Bañacia, head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), said a lockdown is not an option because this would disrupt the delivery of basic services.

“Di kinahanglan nga e-lockdown nimo. Wa nay serbisyo sa katawhan bisag mahurot pa ang ang taga City Hall, DRRMO, di gyud na e-lockdown. Bisa’g mahurot pa ang HR kay gobyerno man, di ba? Imaginon nimo kinsa pa man ang moserbisyo, so lockdown is not an option,” Bañacia said.

He assured that they regularly disinfect the building.

Among those who have been infected with Sars-CoV-2, which causes coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), are Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan and Councilor Rico Amores.

Bañacia said the best way to prevent transmission of the virus is to comply with minimum health protocols such as wearing of face masks, physical distancing and frequent hand washing.

He stressed the need for self-discipline to contain the disease.

“We need more warriors. How to fight? No need for extraordinary weapons. Just self-discipline. Therefore, you, Oponganons, help us with this self-discipline protocol. If you don’t help, don’t cooperate, we won’t win,” Bañacia said in Cebuano.

Meanwhile, he said the double-digit daily increases in the number of cases in the city are a result of their aggressive contact tracing efforts.

In the last five days, a total of 84 new cases were reported.

As of June 17, total cases reached 235, with 59 recoveries and 15 deaths. Of the 235, 161 are active cases.

Most of the cases are asymptomatic and are on home isolation so as not to overwhelm the isolation center at the Lapu-Lapu City College, Bañacia said. (GCM)