- Due to surge of COVID cases
LAOAG CITY – The apparent surge of COVID-19 cases in Ilocos Norte during the recent days has forced all nine public schools here under the Department of Education’s limited face-to-face classes to close doors indefinitely until further notice, officials reported.
DepEd-Ilocos Norte officials said the nine schools have been conducting in-person classes since November 15.
At least 383 selected learners, both in the elementary and secondary school levels in the province attended face-to-face classes during the said period.
The identified schools now close to in-person classes are Dumalneg National High School, Dumalneg Elementary School and San Isidro Elementary School in Dumalneg town; Alao-ao Elementary School and Paddagan Elementary School in Bangui town; Cacafean Elementary School in Marcos town; and Buanga Elementary School, Godogod Elementary School, and Bicbica Elementary School in Pinili town.
Their temporary closure was implemented by DepEd after the province has been placed under Alert Level 3 from January 14 to 31, 2022.
At press time, Ilocos Norte logged 117 new cases on January 16, bringing the total active cases to 1,066.
Since the pandemic outbreak, the province had recorded a total of 20,113 confirmed cases, with 18,558 recoveries, and 489 deaths. (IS)