By Charissa Luci-Atienza
A security personnel of the House of Representatives has tested positive for COVID-19, House Secretary General Atty. Jose Luis Montales said on Sunday.
He said the employee, who is from the Legislative Security Bureau, is asymptomatic and is undergoing dialysis.
“We were advised that a security personnel of the House of Representatives tested positive for COVID-19,” Montales said in a message sent to reporters via Viber on Sunday past 6 p.m.
The employee last reported for work in January, he said.
The security personnel is said to be the fourth employee of the Lower Chamber reported to have contracted the coronavirus disease.
Montales said the employee was admitted to a hospital on April 7 for pneumonia and discharged on April 11.
“The employee was admitted again after testing positive, though has been asymptomatic since,” Montales said.
Two House employees from the Printing Service earlier tested positive for COVID-19, one of whom died on March 15 while the other recovered.
A 65-year old male staffer of a lawmaker who tested positive for COVID-19 passed away on March 21.
Last month, Montales disclosed that Bulacan 4th district Rep. Henry Villarica tested positive for COVID-19.
According to him, Villarica, who last reported for work on March 4, was admitted to the hospital on March 12 for pneumonia.
Reports said Villarica attended an event initiated by Baliuag Mayor Ferdie Estrella, who also contracted the disease and tested positive for COVID-19 on March 8.