Incoming Iloilo town mayor infected with Covid-19, oath-taking postponed

Published June 28, 2022, 11:19 AM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY — Incoming mayor Richard Garin of Miag-ao town, Iloilo province has been infected with Covid-19.

It was confirmed by no less than Richard’s wife, former health secretary and now Iloilo 1st District Congresswoman Janette Loreto-Garin who said he developed a fever Sunday morning and had a runny nose and headache.

“Being a [kidney] transplant patient, he decided to submit himself for Covid-19 antigen testing. Our fear turned to reality as he tested positive,” said Congresswoman Garin in a statement released Tuesday, June 28.

“He has been advised complete bed rest and isolation in the next few days,” added Congresswoman Garin.

The Covid-19 infection led to the postponement of the June 29 inauguration of the 54-year-old incoming mayor.

“With this development, we have no choice but to move his ceremonial oath taking for the safety of all attendees,” said Congresswoman Garin.

The congresswoman disclosed that her husband has received two primary doses of COVID-19 vaccines and two booster shots.

“Richard had two doses of his primary series plus 2 boosters. If he had not been boosted, he would have gone straight to the ICU,” she said.

“The Covid-19 pandemic is still here, and we need to take all the necessary precautions to keep ourselves and our loved ones protected,” said Congresswoman Garin.

“Wear your masks especially if indoors with many people, wash and yourselves vaccinated, which should include a booster shot. Well-ventilated places are a big help,” the Congresswoman urged.