Capitol locked down after employee tests positive for Covid-19
MALAYBALAY CITY (06 August 2020)— Bukidnon Gov. Jose Maria Zubiri, Jr. locked down the Capitol, a sprawling compound of the province’s executive and legislative buildings, after an employee tested positive for Covid-19 today.
According to a press statement, the employee is a 42-year-old married woman from Barangay Casisang in Malaybalay. She is reportedly asymptomatic and has no history of travel or exposure to a Covid patient.
Work of all Capitol employees was suspended starting Thursday afternoon so offices can be disinfected.
Atty. Jay Albarece, provincial administrator, said more than 12 employees were swabbed on Monday using the governor’s personal RT-PCR test kits.
By Tuesday, Aug. 4, Zubiri ordered the testing of the provincial government’s 3,682 employees using RT-PCR. Albarece clarified that mass testing is not yet done as the HR and the health office are still fixing schedules.
He added that after receiving the result Thursday morning, the employee was swabbed again by DOH for confirmation.
The said employee is being quarantined at the Northern Mindanao Wellness and Reintegration Center, a drug rehab facility turned into a Covid testing and isolation center. Contact tracing is being done while her family and officemates were placed under home quarantine.
As of Aug. 3, the Provincial Health Office recorded 93 cases, of which 43 have recovered.
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