Santo Tomas Mayor Ernesto Evangelista tests positive for COVID-19
October 22, 2020 - Thursday 3:10 PM by PRSanto Tomas Mayor Ernesto Evangelista
Santo Tomas Mayor Ernesto Evangelista confirmed on Thursday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. Evangelista is the first mayor in Davao del Norte to get infected with COVID-19, after exposure to a COVID-19 person individual last October 14, 2020.
The Davao Regional Medical Center in Tagum City confirmed to him the test result on Thursday afternoon that Evangelista contracted the SARS-COV-2 — the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease, as named by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses.
However, Evangelista noted that he is symptomatic, and his case was classified by doctors as a “mild case” since his vital signs remain normal as of posting.
The local chief executive said that he is now going on strict isolation and asked those who had physical contact with him since October 14, 2020 to go on self-quarantine at home and subject themselves for RT-PCR Test.
Evangelista added that he has already coordinated with the Municipal Health Office (MHO) for the contact tracing and other necessary protocols regarding his case.
And despite being on isolation, Evangelista will continue working as the Municipal Mayor of Santo Tomas LGU —virtually presiding, and attending meetings, among other things, and to make necessary decisions in order to keep the Santo Tomas LGU full operational amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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