COVID-19 pandemic in Central Luzon

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COVID-19 pandemic in Central Luzon
COVID-19 pandemic cases in Central Luzon.svg
Confirmed cases in Central Luzon by province (as of March 21, 2021) [note 1]
  10000–99999 confirmed
  5000–9999 confirmed
  1000–4999 confirmed
  500–999 confirmed
  100–499 confirmed
  50–99 confirmed
  10–49 confirmed
  1–9 confirmed
Disease COVID-19
Virus strain SARS-CoV-2
Location Central Luzon
First outbreak Wuhan, Hubei, China
Index case San Jose del Monte, Bulacan
Arrival dateMarch 9, 2020
(1 year, 7 months, 1 week and 5 days)
Confirmed casesIncrease Negative.svg 272,644
Active casesDecrease Positive.svg 6,364
RecoveredIncrease2.svg 260,693
Deaths
Increase Negative.svg 5,587
Government website
centralluzon.doh.gov.ph

The COVID-19 pandemic in Central Luzon is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The virus reached Central Luzon on March 9, 2020, when the first case of the disease was confirmed in San Jose del Monte. [1] All provinces in the region have recorded COVID-19 cases. As of October 19, 2021, Central Luzon has 272,644 cases with 5,587 deaths. [2]

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Background

The first case was initially reported to be a resident of Santa Maria, Bulacan [3] but was eventually clarified to be from San Jose del Monte, still in the same province. [4] [1] The patient has no travel history abroad. [1] The first case per province by date of confirmation as is as follows:

On July 6, 2020, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the region has breached the 1,000 mark with 1,021 cases and 75 deaths. [13]

Tally of cases

Cumulative COVID-19 cases in Central Luzon [2]
based on numbers released on the DOH COVID-19 Tracker
Updated October 19, 2021; 4:00 p.m. (PhST)
LGUCasesDeathsRecov.Active
Aurora 3,4021253,157120
Bataan 30,51045229,330728
Bulacan 102,0201,46498,3232,233
Nueva Ecija 30,62185528,7101,056
Pampanga 52,3301,36549,9551,010
Tarlac 21,67947820,552649
Zambales 10,3933939,736264
Angeles City (HUC)14,99829114,500207
Olongapo City (HUC)6,5261596,27196
unknown16551591
TotalIncrease Negative.svg 272,644Increase Negative.svg 5,587Increase2.svg 260,693Decrease Positive.svg 6,364

Response

Former COVID-19 patients being discharged from the We Heal As One Center at the Philippine Arena Complex. Send off COVID-19 survivors Philippine Arena Complex We Heal as One Center 1.jpg
Former COVID-19 patients being discharged from the We Heal As One Center at the Philippine Arena Complex.

Repatriation from abroad

Central Luzon was also a major quarantine site for repatriates from abroad, particularly New Clark City Sports Hub in Capas, Tarlac. The first two COVID-19 cases among repatriates in New Clark City were confirmed on March 11. [1] [14]

Lockdowns

An empty Pulilan Regional Road in Pulilan, Bulacan on March 23, 2020, during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine Pulilan-Calumpit Rd Pulilan 20200323jwilz.jpg
An empty Pulilan Regional Road in Pulilan, Bulacan on March 23, 2020, during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine

The region is under the scope of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon imposed by the national government on March 16, 2020. [15]

Quarantine facilities

In April 2020, the national government began converting the ASEAN Convention Center at the Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga and the National Government Administrative Center in Capas, Tarlac to COVID-19 quarantine facilities. [16] The Iglesia ni Cristo also allowed the national government to lend the Philippine Arena at the Ciudad de Victoria in Bulacan to be re-purposed for the same reason. The INC also offered the Garden Suites, also within the CDV as temporary residence for health workers. [17]

Testing

Initially, suspected COVID-19 cases in Central Luzon are tested at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and Lung Center of the Philippines in Metro Manila. The Jose B. Lingad Regional Memorial Hospital in Pampanga was the first facility being prepared as a possible COVID-19 testing center for the region. [18] As of March 19, 2021, there are 17 accredited testing laboratories in the region: two in Bataan, five in Bulacan, five in Pampanga, three in Tarlac and two in Zambales. [19]

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Notes

  1. Breakdown of confirmed cases is according to the COVID-19 Case Tracker of the Department of Health.