Negros Occidental

San Carlos bishop, 2 priests positive for COVID-19

Robbin M. Dagle
San Carlos bishop, 2 priests positive for COVID-19

File. photo of Diocese of San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza.

San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza is the 11th Filipino Catholic bishop to contract COVID-19

The Bishop’s Home Compound in San Carlos City in Negros Occidental, was placed on a 14-day lockdown after Bishop Gerardo Alminaza and two priests tested positive for COVID-19.

Monsignor Edwin Magnanao, vicar general of the Diocese of San Carlos, said the compound would be quarantined from June 23 to July 6. He said that of the 12 people tested, 2 were found positive.

On Sunday, June 20, San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza said that he was positive for COVID-19. “I ask for everyone’s prayers for my fast healing as well as for other COVID-19 patients even as I assure you too of my constant prayers and offerings,” Alminaza said in a statement posted via Facebook.

Alminaza is the 11th Filipino Catholic bishop to contract COVID, according to the church-run CBCP News.

Fr. Marjun Almario, chancellor of the diocese, said in a statement on Monday June 21, that Alminaza was “symptomatic” but in a “stable condition,” and was in a hospital.

In an update Wednesday night, June 23, Magnanao said that the bishop was “very well responding to the treatment and recuperating,” while “still advised to rest.” 

As of June 23, San Carlos’ city government reported 43 active cases. Negros Occidental recently saw an uptick in COVID-19 cases, part of an ongoing surge in the Visayas. The province had 1,718 active cases as of June 23, according to the Department of Health (DOH) regional office

On Tuesday, June 15, a group of doctors sought a stricter quarantine status for both the province and its capital Bacolod City, which was recently tagged by the DOH as a “priority area” due to its high healthcare utilization rate and average daily attack rate. – Rappler.com