DUMAGUETE CITY – Mayor Mercedes “Mercy” Teves-Goñi of Bais City, Negros Oriental is asking for prayers and called out to her constituents to get vaccinated, announcing Thursday she tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
In an official statement uploaded on the BAIS Public Information Office Facebook page, the mayor said the circumstances are unclear as to how she contracted the virus, even as she reassured the public that preventive measures are now in place.
The mayor said city hall operations and official transactions continue as those who came into direct contact with her have been throat-swabbed and tested negative for the coronavirus.
"All official transactions will continue despite my present situation. I will be working while on quarantine, taking all precautionary measures in order not to put anyone (at) unnecessary risk," she said in the statement.
In an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA), Bais City legal officer Lloyd Elmaco said the 70-year old mayor is admitted at the Negros Polymedic Hospital in Sibulan town for "precautionary measures", although she does not have severe symptoms.
Elmaco said Teves came down with flu-like symptoms early this week and had already isolated herself before the swab test result came out on Tuesday.
Disinfection was carried out the same day and operations resumed Wednesday at the city hall, he said.
Teves, who is fully vaccinated, said "may I strongly urge everyone to get vaccinated as this is the only way for now that we can defeat this unseen culprit".
She appealed to everyone to continue adhering to the basic health and safety protocols such as wearing masks, social distancing, and disinfecting. (PNA)