COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa City puts RMT 7A compound in extreme localized community quarantine due to rise in COVID-19 cases

Due to the alarming rise of confirmed cases and doubling time of COVID-19 transmission in the area, the City Government of Muntinlupa imposed an extreme localized community quarantine in a residential compound situated in an industrial complex in Brgy. Tunasan.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi ordered a 15-day Extreme Localized Community Quarantine (ELCQ) in RMT 7A Compound starting 12:00pm of September 9 until September 24, 12:00 p.m.

Muntinlupa City Health Officer (CHO) Dra. Tet Tuliao said that the compound has a total of 11 confirmed cases, five probable, and five suspect cases. COVID-19 cases in the area were referred to the city’s isolation and treatment facilities. CHO recorded a narrow doubling time in the community at 6.98 days and a high attack rate of 46/100.

Tuliao added that health protocols were not observed in the compound and it has a high-risk population of children, pregnant women, PWDs, and senior citizens. RMT 7A Compound, which houses 7 families with 24 individuals, is situated inside an industrial complex. There are 57 companies operating in the area with 1,639 employees.

The City Health Office suspects that a canteen in the complex became a transmission hotspot. The City Government has ordered the closure of the canteen while CHO conducts an investigation and inspection with the city’s Business Permits and Licensing Office. Companies in the RMT Industrial Complex were advised to augment health and safety measures to prevent further infections.

CHO is set to conduct a mass testing in the community and will intensify its detection, isolation, and treatment strategies. Contact tracing will also commence in companies inside the complex.

The City Government and Barangay will provide additional relief food packs and other basic goods during the effectivity of the ELCQ.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi asks for the cooperation of the residents and companies from the affected community and urged them to observe health protocols such as frequent hand-washing, wearing of face masks, and physical distancing.

Muntinlupa City has 3,718 confirmed cases with 2,857 recoveries, 733 active cases, 128 reported deaths, 549 suspect cases, and 584 probable cases as of September 8.

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Latest City Government of Muntinlupa details sourced from their official media release. Some parts were edited for this website.

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