By Charissa Luci-Atienza
The House of Representatives recorded its eight confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case after a congressional staff tested positive for the deadly disease.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce our 8th confirmed case of COVID-19,” House Secretary General Jose Luis Montales said in a message sent to House members, officials, and employees late Friday night.
He said the congressional staff is “presently in his province.”
According to Montales, the concerned legislative staff stayed in Quezon City from June 17 to 23.
“He stayed in the staff house and visited their office once. He interacted mainly with his fellow staff member, Chief of Staff, and consultant,” he said.
The Chief of Staff has already “tested negative” for the deadly disease, while the other staff member and the consultant “are yet to be tested,” Montales said.
“They are in isolation and being monitored,” he said.
Last June 8, Montales bared that two of their co-employees contracted the disease.
He said the two employees are a couple, one of whom is assigned to the Printing Office, while the other is employed at the Engineering Department.
He said the couple last reported for work on May 28.
“Protocols for handling positive cases and their close contacts are being observed. Let’s pray for our co-employees’ recovery,” Montales said.
Before this on April 19, Montales announced that a House security personnel tested positive for the COVID-19.
He said the employee, who is from the Legislative Security Bureau, was asymptomatic and is undergoing dialysis.
The employee last reported for work in January, he said.
Montales said the employee was admitted to a hospital on April 7 for pneumonia and was eventually discharged on April 11.
“The employee was admitted again after testing positive, though has been asymptomatic since,” Montales said.
Two House employees from Printing Service had tested positive for coronavirus disease, one of whom died on March 15 while the other recovered.
Another case – a 65-year-old male staff of a lawmaker who tested positive for COVID-19 –passed away last March 21.
Also in March, Montales disclosed that Bulacan 4th District Rep. Henry Villarica tested positive for COVID-19. Villarica, who last reported for work on March 4, was admitted to the hospital on March 12 for pneumonia, Montales said.
Reports said Villarica attended an event, initiated by Baliuag Mayor Ferdie Estrella, who contracted the disease.