MAGALANG -- An overseas Filipino worker (OFW), who returned to the country on July 12, had tested positive for Sars-CoV-2, the virus causing the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
Mayor Romulo Pecson said that Patient M5 was initially taken to the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital for swab testing and was later brought to New Clark City.
On July 14, test result confirmed that the patient was infected by the virus.
Dr. Suzette Yalung, the town's health officer, assured that Patient M5 did not go home and had no close contacts with his relatives and barriomates.
"Buri ku pung ipabalu kekayu na 'e ya pu bitasang minuli keng kekatamung balen Magalang ampo keng kayang barangay ala ya pung aka-contact kareng taga Magalang uling dinaretsu de pung kinonfine keng New Clark City," Yalung said.
(I want you to know he never went home to Magalang town and his barangay and had no contact with people in Magalang as he was directly confined at New Clark City)
The municipal health officer said the patient will stay at the government quarantine facility until he recovers from the virus.
"Manatili ya pu karin angga ketang follow up ng swab test maging negative ya pu. So ala tamu pung pigaganakan na atin ya pung akasalamuha keng kekatamung balen," Yalung said.
(He will remain there until his swab test results are negative. There is nothing to worry that he had contact with anyone in the town)
Pecson asked his constituents to pray for the patient's recovery. "Sana iabe taya keng panalangin tamu, itang galing ya (Let us pray him that he recovers)."
The mayor also urged his townmates to stay at home to avoid contracting the virus.
"Bilang panabilin pu kareng kekatamung kabalen na nung e mu rin importanti pu, manatili tamu pu kareng pibale bale tamu lalung lalu na pu kareng kalupa kung senior citizens (I ask our townmates to stay at home particularly senior citizens)," Pecson said.