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Mayor in Misamis Oriental tests positive of the deadly coronavirus disease

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental, Philippines – The Municipal Health Office of Naawan town, this province, has confirmed to the media that acting Mayor Jaime Roa tested positive of the deadly coronavirus disease.

Immediately after the acting mayor was confirmed with the covid-19 infection, government authorities implemented a “localized containment” in Purok 7, Barangay Linangkayan, where the residence of Mayor Roa was situated.

Dr Gwendelyn Labastilla, Naawan town’s municipal health officer said the mayor was taken swab samples right after three employees of the local government he has direct contact with already tested positive of the virus during a rapid testing. But said employees also tested negative on RT-PCR.   

Labastilla said afer three employees were confirmed positive of the rapid antibody tests, the 80-year-old mayor voluntarily submitted to the swab tests, in which it turned out he was also positive. However, except for the municipal mayor, all employees who have also undergone the Reverse Transcription – Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests have tested negative of the virus.

The province of Misamis Oriental, based on DOH data, has already recorded 24 confirmed cases and the acting mayor of Naawan was the 25th case. 

Labastilla, the municipal doctor said, has no recent travel records except in Cagayan de Oro City.

Meanwhile, there are now more than one hundred families in Naawan who were affected by the 14-day localized containment which stared last Saturday (July 11) in Barangay Linangkayan.

The police blocked the two roads leading to community and were guarded by policemen and members of the Barangay Peacekeeping Team (BPAT).

As of July 13, 2020, the Department of Health has released its Covid-19 Briefer No. 157, confirming 23 new confirmed cases of covid-19 infection as follows: 10 in Bukidnon, 2 in Lanao del Norte, 5 in Misamis Occidental, 1 in Cagayan de Oro City and 4 in Iligan City.


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