BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
Pontevedra Mayor Jose Maria Alonso and his wife, Mary Gerardine, have tested positive for COVID-19 and have gone into self quarantine.
The mayor said he was informed yesterday morning that he was COVID-19 positive after he and nine members of his household underwent RT-PCR tests Wednesday.
He said his wife had fever on Tuesday and an RT-PCR test showed that she was positive for COVID-19.
On Wednesday he and nine others from his house, including his two children and mother-in-law, underwent RT-PCR tests at the Red Cross molecular laboratory in Bacolod City. Results yesterday showed that only he tested positive.
He said they do not know where his wife was infected with COVID-19 as she barely goes out of their house.
The only time she went out was to accompany her 89-year-old mother when she was swabbed for a RT-PCR test last week and underwent an x-ray at the Riverside Medical Center in Bacolod, the mayor said.
His mother-in- law tested negative for the virus, he said.
His wife was out of their house only very briefly, he added.
The mayor said he is asymptomatic and does not feel any ailments associated with COVID-19.
Meanwhile, there were 95 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths in Bacolod City yesterday, while Negros Occidental had 62 new cases, the Department of Health reported last night.
This brings the total COVID-19 cases in Bacolod City to 3,514 and 64 deaths, while Negros Occidental has 2,644 cases and 36 deaths.*