Caloocan Mayor Oscar “Oca” Malapitan has tested positive for COVID-19, he announced on Wednesday morning, August 25.
“Ikinalulungkot kong ipabatid na ako ay nakumpirmang positibo sa COVID-19. Ako ay nasa maayos na kalagayan at kasalukuyang nagpapagaling,” he said on Facebook.
(It saddens me to inform you that I have tested positive for COVID-19. I am in good condition and in the process of recovery.)
Rappler has reached out to the Caloocan Public Information Office about whether Malapitan has exhibited symptoms, and whether he has been transferred to a quarantine or medical facility, but we have yet to receive a response as of poting.
Malapitan urged his close contacts in the past days to undergo self-quarantine and COVID-19 testing.
“Mayroon tayong regular na libreng RT-PCR test para sa ating mga mamamayan. Makipag-ugnayan lamang tayo sa ating city health department o sa barangay health center na nakakasakop sa inyo,” he said.
(Calooocan has free RT-PCR tests for our residents. Just coordinate with the city health department or barangay health center.)
He also assured his constituents that the city office will remain functional despite his condition.
The 66-year-old mayor was fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in June, according to the Caloocan PIO.
Malapitan joined a growing list of mayors who have been stricken with the dreaded virus during the pandemic, such as Manila’s Isko Moreno, Quezon City’s Joy Belmonte, Malabon’s Lenlen Oreta, Pasay’s Emi Calixto-Rubiano, and San Juan’s Francis Zamora. – Rappler.com