By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora announced that a member of his staff has died of COVID-19.
In a Facebook post late Friday night, the local chief executive wrote:
“Paalam sa aking masipag, mabait, mapapagkatiwalaan, at maaasahan na Mayor’s Office staff na si Ricky Rogero na pumanaw dahil sa COVID-19.”
(Farewell to my hardworking, kind, and trustworthy staff at the mayor’s office, Ricky Rogero, who died because of COVID-19.)
“Maraming salamat sa iyong maayos na paglilingkod sa mamamayan ng San Juan, RIP.”
(Thank you very much for your good service to the people of San Juan. Rest in peace.)
The city mayor did not provide additional details about his staffer’s death.
Last month, Zamora went into self-quarantine after he was exposed to a member of his staff who tested positive for COVID-19.
“I was informed by our City Health Officer that one of my staff in the Mayor’s office tested positive for COVID-19,” he said in an earlier statement.
“But because I have been exposed to a positive patient, I have decided to go on self-quarantine as a safety precaution for everyone,” he added.
Days later, the city mayor announced that he tested negative for the disease, adding that he will complete his 14-day quarantine.
“My COVID-19 test shows that I am negative. Thank you so much, dear Lord, for this blessing,” Zamora said.
He is expected to complete his quarantine today, Saturday.