DOH Confirms Vocalist of Local Band Passed Away of COVID-19

The Department of Health has confirmed that lead vocalist of 90’s band Mulatto, Joey Bautista, had died of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).


This news comes a few days after Joey’s wife had said in a Facebook post that his test came back positive after he died of pneumonia.

In a statement, DOH Bicol Regional Director Ernie Vera said that Joey had been in Legazpi City on March 11, eight days before his death, due to “septic shock secondary to community-acquired pneumonia high risk, COVID-19.”

Allegedly, he attended a private party there which prompted the local government units of Albay and Camarines Sur to conduct contact tracing of everyone who attended the event. His wife, however, denied this report but advised friends and family to monitor themselves for any symptoms.

“If you had been exposed or in contact with Bautista, you are considered a person under monitoring (PUM),” Director Vera also said in the press statement. “You are advised to report to your respective local government units and follow strictly home quarantine protocols.”

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