ILOILO CITY – A town mayor from southern Iloilo on Wednesday reported that he tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
“I was tested positive sa Covid-19. Results just came in and a lot more turned positive too, especially sa aton RHU (rural health unit). My index case is hardly identified considering my exposure to positive patients comes in myriad but I have to ascertain where the source is as part of contact tracing,” Igbaras Mayor Jaime E. Esmeralda announced in his Facebook account.
He said that he is okay although he has an occasional cough and itchy throat.
Consequently, he said work at the Igbaras municipal hall has been suspended effective until Sept. 9 for total disinfection, contact tracing, and swabbing. Operations will resume on Sept. 10.
All staff assigned at the mayor’s office are on strict home quarantine and will have to undergo the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test on Thursday.
“All those who have close contact with me for the past 10-14 days, please have the initiative to inform the RHU, contact tracers or my office through text, messenger or call because of the innumerable contacts I have had due to my function as LCE (local chief executive),” he added.
A doctor by profession, he advised his patients that they can still consult him through “telekonsulta” by calling his number 0906-597-6984.
On Tuesday, Esmeralda already announced the postponement of their vaccination, especially for the second dose, after two staff of the rural health unit (RHU) tested positive for Covid-19, hence all their health workers underwent a swab test.
Data from the Iloilo Provincial Health Office (IPHO) showed that as of Sept. 7, Igbaras has 523 total cumulative cases; 148 are active, 368 have recovered and seven have died. (PNA)