CEBU Archbishop Jose Palma was admitted to a hospital in Cebu City on Thursday night, Feb. 18, 2021, after he tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Monsignor Joseph Tan, Archdiocese of Cebu spokesperson, said Friday, Feb. 19, that Palma remained in stable condition.
Before he underwent a swab test, the prelate experienced fatigue and mild cough.
“Let us all pray for his steady and speedy recovery,” Tan said.
Palma celebrated a mass for Ash Wednesday inside the Archbishop’s Palace on Wednesday, Feb. 17, but only the members of his household and Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Antonio Rañola attended.
Tan said Rañola has also been hospitalized. The result of his swab test is expected to be released on Saturday, Feb. 20.
Members of the archbishop’s household were also swabbed Friday, Feb. 19, and advised to go into quarantine.
Meanwhile, Talisay City Mayor Gerald Anthony Gullas Jr. has been discharged from the hospital but has chosen to continue undergoing isolation in another facility.
Gullas, who has been under treatment for Covid-19 since last week, said he still had cough as of Friday.
He said he does not want to infect his wife and two daughters.
Gullas is among 10 mayors in Cebu who have contracted Covid-19 since the pandemic began.
Other mayors who had tested positive for Covid-19 are Daanbantayan Mayor Sun Shimura, the late Barili mayor Marlon Garcia, Tuburan Mayor Danilo Diamante, Asturias Mayor Antonio Pintor, Alcoy Mayor Michael Angelo Sestoso, San Fernando Mayor Lakambini Reluya, Ginatilan Mayor Dean Michael Singco, Oslob Mayor Jose Tumulak Jr. and Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard Chan. (WBS / JKV)