BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
A Negros Occidental provincial government employee has tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the closure of one office at the Capitol in Bacolod City for disinfection.
About 15 employees of the closed Capitol office who were swabbed for Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests have gone on quarantine until their results are out, Charina Magallanes-Tan, Negros Occidental COVID-19 Incident Command Center spokesperson, said.
None of them were manifesting COVID-19 symptoms and will return to work if they test negative for the virus, she said.
The name of the office is being withheld on the request of the swabbed employees to prevent discrimination.
The COVID-positive employee is a relative of a bank worker in Bacolod City who was hit by the virus earlier. Two other relatives and a house helper also tested positive, Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, Provincial Health Officer, said.
The l employee never set foot at the Capitol after contact with the relative with COVID symptoms, Tan said.
Meanwhile, Negros Occidental has one new COVID-19 positive case from Bago City, the Department of Health reported yesterday.
The 39-year-old female COVID-19 case from Bago has a slight fever and cough, and is a dialysis patient, Tan said.
A 35-year-old male nurse identified by the DOH in its report as a resident of La Carlota City has been residing in Bacolod City, Tan said.
The DOH also reported that 12 COVID-19 positive patients have recovered.
Of the recoveries, Bago City has five, San Carlos City – three, and La Castellana, Isabela, Talisay City, and Murcia – one each.*