BACOLOD CITY – Three offices of the Negros Occidental provincial government here were closed for disinfection on Friday after four front-liners from the Provincial Disaster Management Program Division (PDMPD) tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Infected were PDMPD head Zeaphard Caelian, also the commander of the Provincial Incident Management Team (PIMT) for Covid-19, and three personnel working under him.
“I was supposed to get my AstraZeneca vaccine today (Friday). As a prelude to that, we were tested. Last night, I was informed by Dr. Mary Ann Maestral of the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital Molecular Laboratory to isolate myself because I’m positive for Covid-19,” Caelian said in a radio interview.
He said he can be considered an asymptomatic patient since he is totally okay and has not felt any symptoms.
Aside from the PDMPD, also closed for disinfection were the Governor’s Office and the adjacent Provincial Administrator’s Office.
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, who was among the close contacts of Caelian, went on self-quarantine on Friday and is waiting to undergo a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test on Sunday.
“Right now, I’m on quarantine. Atty. Diaz (Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz) called me this morning to inform me (about the development). My last contact with Dr. Caelian was on Tuesday afternoon. I would like to apologize to the people I mingled with Wednesday and Thursday,” Lacson said in a separate interview.
“We did not expect this. Just observe yourself. If you have nothing important to do outside, just stay home. I need to be swabbed on Sunday, five days after Tuesday. I do hope I’ll be okay after the swab test. I feel really normal. I hope like before, I will have a negative test result,” he added.
Diaz was also with Caelian when he presided over the PIMT meeting at the Capitol Social Hall on Wednesday.
“We’re just waiting for advice from our health officers (on) what to do with Governor’s Office employees. In the meantime, we instructed our employees just to stay home,” Lacson said. (PNA)