Igbaras town hall closed after councilor tests positive for COVID


All transactions in the local government unit (LGU) of Igbaras, Iloilo were temporarily suspended after a member of the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) tested positive for coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

Mayor Jaime Esmeralda said he temporarily halted transactions in the municipal hall to give way for massive disinfection and testing of possible close contacts of the patient.

All activities, transactions, including all services of the Rural Health Unit (RHU) will be temporarily stopped after almost three-fourths of the municipal employees are currently being monitored following their exposure to the confirmed case, according to Esmeralda. (

RHU patients are currently referred to the district hospital in Guimbal town.

Last Monday, the Department of Health – Center for Health Development Western Visayas reported the first COVID case of Igbaras, a 55-year-old male (WV Patient No. 114).

Esmeralda confirmed that the patient is an SB member of their town.

He said they still cannot determine how the SB member was infected. They have initially traced around 150-200 close contacts of the patient.

A total of 50 close contacts of the councilor including the mayor were subjected to real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test. Fifty more close contacts are being targeted to undergo RT-PCR testing today, Wednesday.

Until the laboratory results of the close contacts will be released and showed negative results, the municipal hall of Igbaras will remain closed, according to Esmeralda.

Esmeralda has issued Executive Order No. (EO) 06-33 mandating the suspension of all LGU transactions in the town until further notice.

The EO advised all residents to stay at home. Only one person is allowed to transact essential needs/businesses outside their residence.

Moreover, the entrance or exit of people in the municipality shall be discouraged and limited only to those with essential needs.