Governor Joseph C. Cua is back at his post after arriving from Metro Manila where he spent the last three weeks recovering from COVID-19.
In a statement issued last Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, the governor said he returned as COVID-19 survivor and urged everyone to stay vigilant.
“(A)s we continue to move past the rehabilitation and recovery stage of the province, we are also putting our best efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Cua stated as he advised the public to always follow the health protocols set forth by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), the Department of Health (DOH) and all municipal local government units to prevent transmission such as social distancing, wearing of face masks and regular hand-hygiene practices.
“With everyone’s cooperation, we may be able to manage the virus, and hopefully, achieve a consistent zero active case in the province,” he said.
Cua tested positive for COVID-19 based on a confirmatory RT-PCR test on Jan. 25 and reportedly underwent the required 14-day quarantine period at the Cardinal Santos Hospital where he took the necessary medication for his recovery.
“It was during my isolation that I am once again reminded of the severity of the virus,” he said, adding that he was shocked to hear the news of his close friends succumbing to the disease.
“As someone who is immune-compromised, having the virus caused me great fear and anxiety,” the chief executive recalled. “But in my journey towards recovery, I also understood that while others do not survive from it, many have been cured.”
Focusing on his recovery, he worked on becoming healthier and diligently took the medication prescribed by his physicians, crediting the much-needed rest and the constant support from his family and the Catandunganon people as an integral part of his healing.