Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez announced on Sunday, August 22, that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
In a Facebook post, Hernandez said he got his coronavirus test results on Saturday, August 21.
He is currently experiencing mild symptoms while undergoing home quarantine.
“Bahagi na ng ating trabaho bilang public servant ang pakikisalamuha sa maraming iba’t ibang tao sa araw-araw kaya nga po siguro kahit lubos ang aking pag-iingat ay hindi na rin naiwasan na ako ay mag-positibo sa COVID-19,” Hernandez said.
(It’s part of my job as a public servant to mingle with many people everyday. Maybe that’s why even if I’ve been very careful, I still tested positive for COVID-19.)
Hernandez assured the public that the provincial government will continue to operate since he will work from home.
“Nawa’y maisama po ninyo ako sa inyong panalangin. At magsilbing paalala na rin na mag-ingat, laging sumunod sa mga health protocols, at magpabakuna,” he said.
(Please include me in your prayers. And treat me as a cautionary tale to be careful, always follow health protocols, and get vaccinated.)
Three days later, Hernandez’s wife, Laguna 2nd District Representative Ruth Hernandez, announced that she also tested positive for COVID-19.
The congresswoman said on Wednesday, August 25, that her office would continue to provide services and implement programs while she is in isolation.
“Kaugnay nito ay patuloy rin po ang ating paglahok sa mga pagdinig at ilang mga pagpupulong sa Kongreso dahil ito naman po ay maari nating daluhan online,” she added.
(Related to this, I will also continue to participate in hearings and some meetings in Congress since I will be able to attend online.)
On Sunday, the Philippines recorded 16,044 new coronavirus infections, bringing the total to 1,839,635. It was the third straight day that the country logged over 16,000 new cases.
The areas with the most number of new infections on Sunday were:
- Cavite – 1,298
- Laguna – 1,075
- Bulacan – 860
- Quezon City – 691
- Rizal – 664
Laguna has recorded a total of 81,238 COVID-19 cases. – Rappler.com