MANILA - Ten members of Sen. Richard Gordon's staff who are voluntary working with the Philippine Red Cross (PCR), which he heads, have tested positive for COVID-19, the lawmaker said Saturday.
In a statement, Gordon said the infected personnel are already on quarantine, while contact-tracing procedures have begun "to identify all those who may have been exposed to these (10) individuals and take appropriate measures moving forward."
The senator said he, his wife and a couple of his household staff underwent testing, and the results came back negative.
"Nonetheless, we will be on self-imposed isolation at home in order to ensure the safety and well being of anyone," he said.
Gordon said the PRC staff, as well as his immediate staff who render voluntary work at the Red Cross, "accept and face" the risk of contracting many kinds of illnesses and many other challenges.
"The performance of our operations such as the blood center, emergency services and other disaster services, unfortunately puts all of us at risk of contracting many kinds of illnesses," he said.
He urged the public to continue practicing the strictest health measures, as he also offered prayers "for the recovery of all" who are afflicted with the virus.