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Contact tracing, isolation a big challenge in Santa Barbara

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Pangasinan Provincial Health Officer Anna Teresa de Guzman admitted that they are having difficulties in contact tracing and isolation of patients after the huge spike in coronavirus disease (COVID19) cases in Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara, as of October 7, has 94 active COVID19 cases.

Ninety-one are workers of a plant of San Miguel Corporation.

Santa Barbara Mayor Joel de los Santos already placed seven barangays under enhanced community quarantine to help contain the spread of the disease.

But De Guzman said there is not enough beds in the town’s isolation facility.

She also said San Miguel has been giving food and medicine in the barangays under ECQ.

The company has also placed some patients in its hotel for quarantine.

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