Solano, Nueva Vizcaya—“I am CV 833,” Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Board Member Eunice Galima-Gambol said on her official social media page on Wednesday in announcing she contracted the coronavirus disease.
CV 833 is the numeric identity tag assigned to her by the Department of Health. “CV” stands for Cagayan Valley. She is the 833rd COVID-19 case in the region.
“To my dear fellow Novo Vizcayanos, it is with sadness that I announce that I am positive for COVID-19. I have taken the test last Monday and just this afternoon, I received my swab test result confirming that I am positive for the virus,” Galima-Gambol said.
The board member was “deeply saddened” upon learning the result of her test, knowing she has interacted with her family, colleagues, and staff of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan during last Monday’s session.
“Now the burden is with me if ever I have infected other people. To which I continuously pray that I have not,” she said.
Galima-Gambol called on all people who came into close contact with her since August 14 to contact the Provincial Health Office if they are having COVID-19 symptoms.
“I wish to apologize to everyone and I personally request that you include me in your prayers including all covid-19 patients, that by the grace of our Lord, we recover from this virus,” the board member lamented.
In revealing her positive test, Galima-Gambol said she hopes to ease the burden of those being discriminated from massive fear of the COVID-19 virus.
“Now that a prominent individual has come out in the open, those who discriminate against COVID-19 positive people will think twice,” a netizen from the capital town of Bayombong posted.
Some Vizcayanos blame discrimination as to why many people do not want to have an early swab test, despite the assurance of confidentiality from the health department.
Nueva Vizcaya has the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in Region 02 (four out of the seven recorded) and its number of active cases has reached 67 as of September 2.