Board Member Manuel Frederick Ko, Mayor Victor Gerardo Rojas, two councilors and 35 other Murcia, Negros Occidental, residents tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday, April 7.
Rojas said he has ordered the closure of the Murcia Municipal Hall for massive disinfection and contact tracing, and the enforcement of more stringent protocols to prevent the spread of the virus.
Ko, Negros Occidental third district board member, is suspected to have been hit by the virus in Murcia where he had attended several activities , Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said.
Murcia Councilors Belen Magbanua and Adrian Olimpo, a former councilor, and three members of the Rojas’ staff were among those who also tested positive Wednesday, Diaz said.
Diaz said Ko, Rojas and the councilors will be quarantined at the Mambukal Resort in Murcia.
Rojas, who is asymptomatic, said a school official and barangay captain Jenny Jimenia of Salvacion, Murcia, tested positive for COVID-19, on Tuesday, April 6.
The barangay captain had mingled with municipal hall employees and she was also at the groundbreaking of a Murcia Water District building attended by town officials, he said.
The Department of Education district supervisor who tested positive for COVID-19 also had close contact with a lot of people, Rojas said.
She was present at the signing of a Central Philippine State University agreement and a Department of Education affair in Murcia Friday, which he and other officials attended, Rojas said.
Rojas has issued Executive Order No. 07 Series of 2021 prohibiting mass gatherings, including birthdays, reunions weddings, seminars and other events in Murcia from April 7 to 18.
The order also includes the temporary closure of resorts and tourist destinations in Murcia from April 9 to 11, and sets curfew from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. from April 7 to 15.*