San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza said he tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, June 20, and is now under medical care at a hospital.
The bishop is symptomatic but is in stable condition and is so far responding to treatment, Fr. Marjun Almario, Diocese of San Carlos chancellor, said Monday, June 21.
“Now God allows me to be on the other side among the infected of this dreaded virus,” the bishop said.
He said for the time being Msgr. Erwin Magnanao, Diocese of San Carlos vicar general, will take over his responsibilities.
The bishop assured that he is being given the best possible medical attention available.
“I ask for everyone’s prayers for my fast healing as well as for other COVID-19 patients even as I assure you too of my constant prayers and offerings,” he said.
Alminaza said his prayers for frontliners have now become more heartfelt.
As per doctor’s advise, the bishop is to have complete rest, and he apologizes for not being able to receive calls or reply to queries, Almario said.
“We will issue, if necessary, updates on his health condition,” Almario added.
The bishop encourages persons who interacted with him during the last few days to observe home quarantine and cooperate with the authorities for proper protocols, Almario said.
“Bishop Alminaza wishes to thank everyone for your prayers and well wishes for his speedy recovery, and he strongly feels God is answering all our prayers,” Almario added.
“Let us pray for the healing of everyone infected with the virus,” he said.*