The Moises Padilla municipal hall was closed Friday, April 16, after one of its department heads tested positive for coronavirus.
Employees who had direct contact with the patient were also directed to go on quarantine pending the result of their reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests.
Among those who went on isolation was Mayor Ella Garcia-Yulo.
While she had no direct contact with the department head, who had gone to the different offices including the Mayor’s Office at the municipal hall, she went on quarantine and was swabbed to ensure that she has not contracted the virus, Yulo said.
She said that the department head was supposed to have had an eye check-up in Bacolod City but she was required to submit an RT-PCR test result.
The department head was swabbed on Thursday, April 15, and was informed about the positive test result that night, the mayor said.
She said that the patient was in the same vehicle going to Bacolod from Moises Padilla with a friend, who also met with a doctor for consultation. The doctor turned out to be positive for the virus.
The mayor said that the department head was placed in a provincial government-run quarantine facility, while they have yet to know this weekend if the municipal hall can be reopened on Monday, April 19.*