The House of Representatives has recorded its 11th confirmed case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after another employee tested positive.
House Secretary General Atty. Jose Luis Montales said the female House employee, who is assigned at the House Committee on Justice, last visited the Batasang Pambansa compound in Quezon City on June 24 to pick up some materials.
“It is with sadness that we announce that an employee assigned at the Committee on Justice tested positive for COVID-19 today,” he said in a message sent to House members, officials, and employees on Sunday, July 5.
Prior to her June 24 visit, the employee attended a brief meeting with her peers in the committee, he said.
“This is our 11th reported case,” Montales told the Manila Bulletin when asked for confirmation.
Last Thursday, July 2, Montales disclosed that a congressional staff member who last visited the Batasang Pambansa compound on May 21, has caught the virus.
A day before, he also announced that a House employee, who is assigned at the Internal Audit Department, also tested positive for COVID-19. She last reported for work on June 24.
“We remind everyone to be extra cautious. With the lifting of restrictions on the movement of people and the opening of the economy, we are exposed to higher risk when we go outside of our homes,” Montales said.
“Let’s strictly follow health and safety protocols,” he added.
On June 28, the House recorded its eight confirmed case of COVID-19 –a legislative staff who stayed in Quezon City from June 17 to 23.
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 at the Printing Office, while the other is at the Engineering Department. The couple last reported for work on May 28.
Last 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, is asymptomatic and is undergoing dialysis.
The employee last reported for work in January, he said. Montales added the employee was admitted to a hospital on April 7 for pneumonia and discharged on April 11.
Two House employees from Printing Service had tested positive for COVID-19, one of whom died on March 15. The other one recovered.
A 65-year old male staff of a lawmaker, who tested positive for COVID-19, passed away on March 21.
Last March, 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 contracted the disease. Estrella tested positive for COVID-19 on March 8.