Tuguegarao City Mayor Jefferson Soriano tested positive for COVID-19, the city announced on Friday, January 22.
In a Facebook post, the Tuguegarao City Information Office said Soriano tested positive on Friday.
In a separate post, the Cagayan Provincial Information Office quoted Soriano as saying he may have been infected by a coworker who tested positive on Wednesday, January 20.
Soriano and 3 of his coworkers were tested for the virus on Thursday, January 21. Soriano and a coworker then tested positive.
According to the post, the mayor was asymptomatic and would isolate himself at the People’s General Hospital in Tuguegarao, where he would continue working.
Soriano placed the city under enhanced community quarantine for 10 days starting Wednesday, after Tuguegarao saw an increase in COVID-19 cases in the past weeks.
On Thursday, Tuguegarao City reported a total of 1,062 COVID-19 cases, with 274 active cases, 775 recoveries, and 13 deaths.
The city called on those who may have had contact with the mayor to text or call the following numbers: 0916-619-5320 or 0917-578-1029. –Rappler.com