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17 of Sen. Gordon’s staff test positive for COVID-19

Seventeen or one half of the Senate staff of Senator Richard J. Gordon have been tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and all are now at different quarantine facilities.

Gordon revealed this via video conferencing in last night’s Senate regular session immediately after Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, himself a COVID-19 infection survivor, delivered a speech that he was tested ‘’negative’’ by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) through its RT-PCR process  yesterday.

This brings to 40 the number of reported viral infections at the 24-member Senate this month.

There are also 45 staff members at the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) infected. Gordon is the PRC chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  

Zubiri had the confirmatory PRC test after he was earlier tested ‘’positive’’ through the PCR test at the Lung Center whose result was released after he had lunch at the Senate building,

This was after the Senate held its traditional opening of the second regular session of the 18th Congress last Monday.  

Gordon has been under self-imposed quarantine at his residence although he and his wife, Kate, and two members of his household were tested negative last July 17.

During a ZOOM interview with Senate reporters  just after noon yesterday, Gordon said that, for safety’s sake, his wife left their house.

In his July 17 statement, Gordon said 10 of his ‘’immediate staff’’ were tested positive but did not state how many Senate and PRC employees of the 10 ‘’immediate’’ staffers were affected.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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