BACOLOD CITY – A town mayor in Negros Occidental tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
E.B. Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon was the first local government official in the province who was infected by the virus.
Atty. Ariel Malunes, Malacon’s legal counsel, said on Friday that the mayor felt body pains, and experienced on-and-off fever on August 2.
However, the mayor believed it was just normal due to the cold weather brought by intermittent rains, he added.
Malunes said Malacon decided to undergo a swab test when he experienced coughs a few days later. His swab test result indicated that he was negative of the virus, he added.
However, his body pains persisted, prompting him to undergo another swab test, which later came out positive, Malunes said.
The lawyer said that Malacon has not reported to the town hall since the community quarantine started in March, adding that he usually did his office work at home.
He said Malacon was now admitted at a private hospital here, along with some members of his family who were also infected by the virus.
He said Malacon probably got exposed to the virus when he went out in public in the exercise of his duties and responsibilities.
But he assured that the mayor was now on his way to recovery, although he was still suffering from cough.
“(Malacon) has been at the hospital for almost a week now,” Malunes said.
He said Malacon has designated Vice Mayor Eric Matulac as the acting municipal mayor.