The Delta variant (B.1.617.2) has reached Bukidnon. This was gathered during an Emergency Meeting held yesterday, July 21, 2021 at the Kaamulan Open Theater in Malaybalay City attended by Governor Jose Ma. Zubiri, and Department of Health (DOH) Regional Director Jose R. Llacuna, Jr., other provincial officials and DOH-10 staff. The Delta variant involved a Covid-19 positive case of an OFW from Kuwait in Talakag, Bukidnon, it is the 7th Delta variant case in the region after Cagayan de Oro and Gingoog.

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Dr. David A. Mendoza, DOH-10 Local Health Support Division Head, reported that the said OFW is now at the DOH Isolation Facility in Cagayan de Oro together with his family. Accordingly, the DOH-10 together LGU-Talakag has completed first generation contact tracing and the second and third generation contact tracing is still ongoing.

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Meanwhile, it was also disclosed that an Alpha Variant (UK variant B.1.1.7) was detected involving a Covid-19 positive case in Valencia City, Bukidnon. DOH-10 is assuring that extensive retro-active contact tracing of the said case is ongoing.

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In view of the discovery, the Provicial IATF made the following recommendations:

  1. Increase the risk-level classification of Talakag, Bukidnon from Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) due to risk of Delta Variant;
  2. Increasethe risk-level classification of Manolo Fortich from General Community Quarantine (GCQ) to General Community Quarantine with heightened restrictions, due to its proximity to Cagayan de Oro which is under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) following the discovery of confirmed Delta Variants

With regards to the National Vaccination Program, Bukidnon is hoping for the arrival of 35,350 doses of vaccine; 5,100 doses more in Valencia and 4,600 for Malaybalay.

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Governor Zubiri also called on Dr. Llacuna for the procurement of more COVID-19 vaccines as they have already approved ₱411-Million for its 913,000 eligible population.

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photos by LGU Bukidnon – PAIA

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