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Mayor of Talisay City, Cebu tests positive for COVID-19

Ryan Macasero
Mayor of Talisay City, Cebu tests positive for COVID-19

TALISAY CITY. The Cebu mayor officiates a wedding in August 2020.

Sam Sam Gullas' Facebook page

Mayor Samsam Gullas confirms he tested positive for the virus after feeling ill on Tuesday, February 9

Talisay City Mayor Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas tested positive for the coronavirus, he disclosed in a Facebook post on Wednesday, February 10. 

According to Gullas, he had himself swabbed by Talisay City health personnel after feeling ill on Tuesday.

“Yesterday, I experienced symptoms of Covid-19 such as sore throat, body aches and cough. Due to concerns that I may have the disease, I asked our city health officials to have me swabbed,” Gullas said in his post. 

The 36-year-old mayor said his whole family has been under home isolation since Tuesday and that he separated himself from them inside their home.

Gullas said city services will continue while he is under home quarantine.

“But despite my absence, our City government will continue working. Our basic services will continue, including our Aksyon Agad services,” he said.

Gullas is the latest among several officials who have caught the virus in Cebu, which is currently experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases.

Other Cebu mayors who’ve disclosed testing positive for the virus include:

Chan, Diamante, and Shimura have since recovered, while Garcia later died from complications caused by the virus.

As of Tuesday evening, February 9, Talisay City has a total of 151 active cases, according to the local government unit.

The entire Cebu province has 844 active cases out of a total 8,472.

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Ryan Macasero

Ryan covers social welfare for Rappler. He started at Rappler as social media producer in 2013, and later took on various roles for the company: editor for the #BalikBayan section, correspondent in Cebu, and general assignments reporter in the Visayas region. He graduated from California State University, East Bay, with a degree in international studies and a minor in political science. Outside of work, Ryan performs spoken word poetry and loves attending local music gigs. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmacasero or drop him leads for stories at ryan.macasero@rappler.com