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Murcia budget officer dies as COVID hits 58 in gov’t

The Murcia municipal government budget officer who died Thursday tested positive for COVID-19, Mayor Gerry Rojas said Friday, April 16.

Rojas and 56 other government workers in Murcia have also been hit by the virus, and are in quarantine.

Murcia currently has 123 COVID-19 active cases.

The budget officer had gone on quarantine when she was identified as a close contact, after her colleagues tested positive for the virus.

She died in her home on Thursday morning, Negros Occidental Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said.

She was 44 years old.

The budget officer was tested for COVID-19 on her death and the results turned out positive. Ten of 14 members of her household also tested positive, Rojas said.

Rojas said since April 6 he, the budget officer and 56 government officials, employees and policemen in Murcia have tested positive for COVID-19.

The others who tested positive were councilors – 3, municipal government department heads – 4, barangay officials – 9, the Murcia Water District general manager and 6 others, policemen – 6, Department of the Interior and Local Government – 2, Department of Social Welfare and Development – 3, Municipal Health Office – 12, Mayor’s Office – 1, traffic enforcer – 1, Department of Education – 9, the mayor said.

The Murcia municipal hall has reopened with a 30 percent workforce, the mayor said.

Contact tracing and testing for COVID-19 is still ongoing in Murcia, Rojas added.

Rojas is in quarantine at the Mambukal Resort with Negros Occidental Board Member Manuel Frederick Ko, who also tested positive for the virus after visiting Murcia.*

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