2nd House staff dies from Covid-19

Jove Moya

ANOTHER staff member at the House of Representatives (HRep) passed away on Saturday, March 21 caused by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

The deceased was the second employee of the House to have been infected and died of Covid-19.

In a statement, House of Representatives Secretary General Luis Montales said the staff of an unnamed lawmaker had no travel history to any country with Covid-19 and no known exposure to a confirmed case.

The Secretary added that the employee last reported for work on March 4, and attended a garden wedding in Almanza, Cavite on March 7.

According to Montales, the employee went to St. Luke’s in Quezon City on March 10, after developing low grade fever.

“Some tests were conducted which showed normal results. He was sent home for further observation. The following day, he started having dry cough. His fever persisted,” Montales said.

He added that the patient returned to the hospital on March 13 “as his cough and fever worsened.”

“He was placed in an isolation room and thereafter admitted to the critical care unit and intubated. He was transferred to the ICU on March 15, was considered a person under investigation, and underwent testing for Covid-19,” Montales said.

“He was 65 years old and had underlying medical conditions. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones during this difficult time,” he said.

READ: 2nd Covid-19 case confirmed at HRep

Previously, the first employee of the House of Representatives printing services office confirmed positive for Covid-19 has died on March 15, according to PBA Party-list Representative Jericho Nograles. (SunStar Philippines)