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:
- Junard Chan of Lapu-Lapu City
- Danny Diamante of Tuburan
- Sun Shimura of Daanbantayan
- Marlon Garcia of Barili
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.
Experts from OCTA research said in their January and February reports that the COVID-19 surge in Cebu was “alarming” due to the rate of infections spreading across the island. – Rappler.com