BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, who has tested positive for COVID-19 with 22 other Capitol employees, returned to work yesterday under a work from home arrangement.
Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said that he was informed by Gov. Lacson that he is “fit to discharge the functions of his office.”
Diaz said Lacson informed him that he is “already fit to render and discharge the functions of his office.”
The two security aides of Gov. Lacson were also infected by the virus, he further said.
The provincial government of Negros Occidental is now on limited operation after many of its employees tested positive for COVID-19, paving the way for the disinfection of the Provincial Capitol Building until January 28.
Diaz also reported that the number of health care workers assigned in seven Capitol-managed hospitals infected by the virus rose to 94.As of January 24, 88 are assigned at the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital.
He also said that they are monitoring some employees whose spouseswork in hospitals and have tested positive.
Due to surging of COVID-19 cases among hospital personnel, the admission of patients, except for emergency cases, at the Don Salvador Benedicto Memorial District Hospital has been temporarily suspended since January 24, until further notice, Dr. Carmelo Arguelles said.*