Follow health protocols, Guv reiterates to Abrenios

By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis

BAGUIO CITY, March 15 (PIA) — Abra Governor Maria Jocelyn Bernos affirmed that COVID is real as she reiterated   to the people to continue practising the minimum public health standards.  

 Bernos confirmed that she tested positive for COVID-19 in both   antigen test   and RT PCR test over the weekend.  She has mild symptoms and is confined in a health facility..

The Governor said she is asthmatic so the coughing and sneezing every morning is not that alarming, but when she underwent the two tests, the results were   positive for COVID-19.

“Pasensyan apo. I knew that because of my job, the possibility of getting the virus is very high. Eto na un. That day has come,” Bernos said in a social media post.  

The governor went back to work on March 7 after her mandatory quarantine ended on March 5. She had initial engagements and had exposures to people coming from outside the province. She  receive the Sinovac vaccines from the Department of Health – Cordillera regional office in   thru the Provincial Health Office of Abra which were immediately rolled out for the frontliners on the next day.

“Because of the excitement for the vaccine roll out, we missed to check the RT 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,” she said.

She said that contact tracing already has been conducted with the people she had contact with in the past days and some also underwent RT PCR tests.

“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,” Bernos said.

She called on her fellow Abrenios to continue to observe all the health protocols like wearing of face mask and face shields, practicing proper hygiene and cleanliness, and maintaining   social and physical distancing, to ensure protection from the COVID-19.    continue to

Meanwhile, from the first COVID-19 case in Abra recorded a year ago on March 14, 2020, there are now 201 COVID-19 confirmed cases in the province as of March 14, 2021, with only three active cases, 195 recoveries and three COVID-19 related deaths. (JDP/RMC-PIA CAR)