Abra Governor Joy Bernos tested positive of Covid 19 yesterday March 13.
On her Facebook wall, Bernos said that she completed her quarantine on March 5 and where she tested negative on the mandatory PCR test on the same day.
It was a busy week for the governor. On March 7 when she received in behalf of the Abra people the Covid 19 vaccines for the province. She also led the launching of the vaccine roll out at the Abra Provincial Health Office the next day where frontline health care workers were prioritized. Some 455 received their first of two doses of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine.
On March 9, she led local officials in the somber celebration of the province’s 104th foundation day with a mass and later gave gifts to elderlies in the capital town. She vowed that elderlies from the 26 other towns will get their gifts soon.
She wrote: “among all my engagements, there were exposures to people coming from outside the province. Because of the excitement for the vaccine roll out, we missed to check the PCR test of the people I was with who just came in. If indeed this is where I was exposed, the irony is not missed.”
According to Bernos, she is asthmatic and was regularly coughing and sneezing every morning but, these, were not that alarming.
On March 12, she did a self test rapid antigen test, and it was positive. She submitted herself then for a PCR test for confirmation.
The result came out today where she tested positive.
She wrote: “I know that because of my job, the possibility of getting the virus is very high. “Eto na (y)un (This is it). That day has come.”
She added: “For those who still don’t believe that the virus is real, I hope that soon enough, you will believe it exists and that we all have to be careful. Please take care of yourselves.”
Contact tracing is now ongoing to all who was in close contact with the governor. She also appealed to all the people who got near her for the past seven days to report to the Rural Health Unit for PCR testing.
Bernos said she is symptomatic Covid 19 and asthmatic patient, thus she will be confined at the hospital.