75 more health workers get COVID-19, at least 11 hospitals affected

By CNN Philippines Staff

Another batch of health workers has tested positive for the coronavirus disease, bringing the total to 1,694, as the Department of Health names at least 11 facilities with affected employees.

The agency said 638 nurses, 566 doctors, 104 nursing assistants, 66 medical technologists, 32 radiologic technologists, 18 respiratory therapists, 19 midwives, 14 pharmacists and 237 others such as barangay health workers, administrative aids and utility workers, caught COVID-19.

Meanwhile, there are now 256 medical frontliners who survived the illness, after an additional six reported recoveries. The death toll remains at 33 with 24 doctors and seven nurses succumbing to the infection.

The latest total means one out of five confirmed cases is a health worker, DOH pointed out, adding that if this pattern continues, there will be dire consequences.

Ito’y nakakalungkot sapagkat kung magpapatuloy po ang ganitong trend maaaring dumating ang panahon na magkulang na ang nag-aalaga sa ating mga pasyente,” said Health spokesperson Ma. Rosario Vergeire in the DOH daily online briefing.

[Translation: This is unfortunate because if this trend continues, we may reach a point where we will lack personnel who will take care of our patients.]

The department also mentioned several facilities with infected employees, namely the National Center for Mental Health, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Bataan General Hospital, East Avenue Medical Center, Mandaluyong City Medical Center, Tondo Medical Center, Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center, Rizal Medical Center, Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital and Baguio General Hospital.

There are at least 65 confirmed cases among NCMH staff, said DOH, of whom 36 are under quarantine while three have recovered. In RITM, there were 45 personnel who caught the disease but 38 of them have already been cured while seven are still isolated.

Meanwhile, the DOH said the NKTI has listed five cases involving employees, with one recovery while the rest are still on quarantine. The number contradicts with the NKTI’s earlier report that 23 staff members have been infected with COVId-19.

Vergeire assured that the DOH has reminded hospitals to constantly check their inventory of personal protective equipment. She added that the department also gives daily updates on PPE deliveries to different facilities and has issued guidelines on the use and disposal of PPE sets.

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