2 weeks in isolation: Daniel Fernando tests positive for COVID-19
CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan – Governor Daniel Fernando on Saturday announced that he has tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Fernando said he was “positive-asymptomatic”, based on the results of his swab test released on Friday.
He said he decided to undergo self-quarantine at his official residence where he would continue to lead the provincial government, particularly its response to the pandemic.
Appearing to be in high spirits, Fernando said he has experienced no symptoms over the past 24 hours.
He said his face-to-face interaction with the public would be temporarily suspended during his two-week isolation.
It is suspected that the governor got the infection from a board member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board), whom he recently met in a couple of official functions and who had turned out positive for the virus.
“I took the initiative to have myself tested after the close contact with the said local official. Let us be mindful that even world leaders and top government officials have been infected with the virus, as it spares no one and is a disrespecter of individuals, whoever they are. I, therefore, call on everyone to act responsibly and continue to observe health standards and protocols to save lives.” Fernando said in a statement.
He also ordered thorough contact tracing to identify people he had come into close contact with and called on those who are experiencing symptoms to reach out to the Provincial Health Office (PHO) for the implementation of proper testing protocols.
Fernando reminded everyone to continuously practice minimum health protocols, including wearing of face masks and face shields, maintaining a one-meter distance from other people, frequent hand washing, and staying at home as much as possible.
He assured Bulakenyos that the delivery of basic services would be unhampered as he would lead the province from his official residence, making full use of the tools of technology with minimal face-to-face interaction, and observance of strict health protocols. (PNA)
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