By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The city hall of Victorias in Negros Occidental was closed yesterday after they recorded a surge in cases of coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, among their employees.
Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca said the closure will last until Friday, May 7, to give way for disinfection of the premises. They are expected to reopen on Monday, May 10.
According to Palanca, a worker from a tailoring shop located behind the Victorias Cultural Center and just a few blocks away from the Victorias City Hall of Justice passed away due to COVID-19, and another employee from the same shop had tested positive for the virus.
Another shop right beside the tailoring shop, which is being frequented by city hall employees, also became a hot spot as most of the city hall employees who have frequented the establishment have also tested positive for COVID-19.
Palanca did not state as to how many employees have been infected, however, as of May 3, 2021 Victorias City has a total of 85 active COVID-19 cases.
Although the city hall and the annex building are closed, Palanca said city hall employees will still continue to work by adopting a work-from-home arrangement during the period.
The infected employees, meanwhile, are already at the city’s quarantine facility. Contact tracing is also being conducted./DGB, WDJ