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Follow the latest updates on COVID-19 in Bulacan here –> Bulacan COVID-19 Virus Case Bulletin article.
1st Week Summary — COVID-19 in Bulacan: March 11 to March 17
March 11, 2020 – On this day, the first-ever confirmed case of COVID-19 in Bulacan was reported. During this 1st week, the spread of the virus in Metro Manila is growing at an alarming rate, with cases in hotspot cities like Pasig, San Juan, and Taguig. With the Bulacan proximity to Metro Manila and the number of Bulakenyos who travel to Metro Manila daily for work, the scare of the spread of the Covid-19 virus in Bulacan is real.
March 12, 2020 – President Duterte announced the implementation of “community quarantine” to the whole Metro Manila starting at 12 midnight on March 15 up to April 14 to help slow down the spread of the virus. With 2 days before the start of the quarantine, people flocked to an exodus outside of Metro Manila. With the intention to go home to their families before the start of the ‘lockdown’, this somehow sparked further transmission of the virus.
March 13, 2020 – Bulacan announced cancellation of all classes on all levels, public and private (until March 14). All schools had to to adjust and deal with any remaining activities that are required for students to ‘pass’. The DepEd had been firm with the policy that there should be no ‘automatic passing’.
March 16, 2020 – President Duterte declared a Luzon-wide “enhanced community quarantine (ECQ)” that aims to further combat the effect of the continuing and increasing spread of COVID-19.
- Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri tests positive for COVID-19
Since then, the COVID cases ballooned rapidly which lead to more confusion and uncertainties during the early weeks of the enhanced community quarantine implementation, due to alleged miscommunication and mishandling of different government agencies.
March 17, 2020 – Mayor Ferdie Estrella of Baliuag, Bulacan tests positive for coronavirus.
The 1st week of Covid-19 in Bulacan ended with 5 confirmed cases from 4 different towns.
Bulacan PHO COVID-19 Report
March 11, 2020 – When was the first case of Covid-19 in Bulacan reported?
We start the 1st week with the 1st positive case of covid-19 in Bulacan. A 58-year-old Filipina from San Jose Del Monte City in Bulacan is among the country’s confirmed coronavirus cases. This marks the 1st week of the things to come.
(Note: When President Duterte addressed the country on the evening of March 10, 2020, he mentioned that there is a positive case in Bulacan, in the town of Sta. Maria. This was later on corrected as the positive case is from the City of San Jose del Monte.)
March 12-14, 2020 – 1 COVID Case (No Change)
March 15, 2020 – 2 COVID Cases
The second case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in our province from San Jose Del Monte. The city has announced a community quarantine measure. Contact tracing was done for patients who have encountered COVID-19.
March 16, 2020 – 4 COVID Cases
There are 51 PUI or Patient Under Investigation in our province. These are people with a history of travel abroad or Metro Manila or who have a history of exposure to someone who has been allergic to COVID-19 and who has symptoms: UBO (cough), LAGNAT (fever), HIRAP SA PAGHINGA (shortness of breath), at PAGTATAE (diarrhea).
March 17, 2020 – 5 COVID Cases
At the end of the 1st week, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) of Bulacan reports 5 confirmed COVID-19 cases. 2 from the City of San Jose Del Monte, 1 from Guiguinto, 1 from Malolos, and 1 from San Ildefonso.
Follow the timeline with the weekly updates on our fight against Covid-19 in Bulacan. We created a journal to show the chronology of events related to Covid-19 in Bulacan.
- 2nd Week Report: COVID-19 in Bulacan – Relief Goods –> state of calamity declared; relief goods distribution starts.
- 3rd Week Report: COVID-19 in Bulacan – Birthday –> The President’s birthday; Cong. Villarica tests positive
- 4th Week Report: COVID-19 in Bulacan – Gov’t Subsidy –> SAP distribution begins; Centralized covid facility in Bulacan in BMC
- 5th Week Report: COVID-19 in Bulacan – Health Workers –> We salute our frontliners
- 6th Week Report: COVID-19 in Bulacan – Cases reach 100 –> Former Senator Heherson Alvarez dies due to covid-19; leftist groups attack
- 7th Week Report: COVID-19 in Bulacan – West PH Sea Diplomatic Protests –> ECQ extension anew until May 15; Philippines files diplomatic protests vs. China due to West PH sea actions