Negros Occidental bishop catches COVID-19

Published June 21, 2021, 5:42 PM

by Glazyl Masculino

BACOLOD CITY – Bishop Gerardo Alminaza of the Diocese of San Carlos in Negros Occidental tested positive for COVID-19.

Alminaza made the announcement through a statement posted on the Facebook page of the Diocesan Social Communications Office of San Carlos City.

Alminaza said that he learned that he was infected with the virus Sunday, June 20.

“Rest assured that I am given the best possible medical attention available. We received so much support from all over – both from our government and faith-based groups,” the bishop said.

He is symptomatic but in a stable condition responding to treatment, and was advised by his doctor to have a complete rest, according to the Diocese.

Alminaza asked for prayers for his fast healing as well as for the other COVID-19 patients and frontliners.

The Diocese encouraged those persons that the bishop interacted with during the last few days to observe home quarantine and cooperate with the authorities for proper protocols.

Meanwhile, Vicar General Monsignor Erwin Magnanao of the San Carlos Diocese temporarily took over Alminaza’s responsibilities while he is under treatment and isolation.