Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes announced on Monday, April 5, that he tested positive for COVID-19.
Cortes said on his official Facebook page that after experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus, he took an RT-PCR test on Sunday, April 4.
The following day, his results came back positive which immediately prompted him to isolate in his own home.
Lawyer John Eddu Ibañez, the mayor’s executive secretary, told media Monday afternoon that the test results of the mayor’s family members returned negative, and that contact tracing has begun.
According to Ibañez, the mayor last reported to the city hall on Wednesday, March 31.
Despite this, the mayor reminded the public to continue following social distancing and health protocols in the city.
“Tabangi ko sa pag-ampo sa labawng makagagahom nga maka-recover ta aning mao nga sakit para makabalik na sad ta sa pagpanerbisyo diha ninyo,” Cortes said. (Help me pray to the Almighty that I may recover from this sickness so that I can get back to serving you)
As of April 4, the Department of Health in Central Visayas has recorded 29 new active cases, bringing the sum total to 862. Mandaue City has recorded 4,743 recoveries and 202 deaths. – Rappler.com