11 teachers, 1 student test COVID-19 positive after modules distribution

MANILA, Philippines – Eleven public school teachers tested positive for COVID-19 after distributing learning modules in Ilagan City, Isabela last Wednesday.
11 teachers, 1 student test COVID-19 positive after modules distribution

The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed the cases and noted that ten (10) COVID-19 teachers were experiencing symptoms such as headache and sore throat. They were taken to the city's quarantine facility for isolation. The other one (1) teacher was confined at the Cagayan Valley Medical Center after experiencing fever, cough and difficulty in breathing.

Aside from the teachers, one student, a 13-year-old boy who was one of the recipients of the learning module also tested positive for coronavirus, according to DOH.

Isabela Gov. Rodolfo Albano III said the other teachers were infected by a colleague who was sick with the virus during a meeting.

"Hindi nila alam na may isang guro na positive pala at symptomatic. Nagkahawaan sila at tuloy-tuloy na. Hindi naman life-threatening. Tuloy pa rin ang paggamot sa kanila," he said.

Ilagan City Mayor Jay Diaz expressed his disappointment as the COVID-19 cases in the city surged to 33 on Tuesday. He also placed 10 villages under total lockdown to curb the spread of the virus.

"With a heavy heart, I would like to inform you that the cases of COVID-19 positive patients in the city has escalated to a number we didn't expect to happen," he said.

The Department of Education (DepEd) said the teachers were tasked to distribute educational materials in time for the opening of classes. They were to visit their learners' houses for the materials that might last at least a month up to the whole first quarter in different barangays in Ilagan City’s western district.

Despite the fears as other teachers are awaiting their swab test results, Albano said there is no reason for the provincial Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to declare suspension of classes as there are still no face-to-face lessons.

Due to the spike in COVID-19 cases, the city was placed under a citywide modified enhanced community quarantine from October 6 to October 16.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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