4 National Center for Mental Health workers positive for coronavirus

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 28 2020 01:58 PM

MANILA - The National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) said Friday 4 of its employees have tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

It was not immediately clear if infections recorded in NCMH is part of the country's current tally of COVID-19 cases, which is at 803. Details on where the workers possibly contracted the virus have yet to be known. 

Among those diagnosed, one is on home quarantine while 3 others are admitted in other institutions, the country's leading mental health care facility posted on its website.

The NCMH, located in Mandaluyong City, also said it had 147 persons under investigation (PUI). Of the number, 134 employees are undergoing home quarantine while 13 psychiatric patients are admitted at Pavilion 7.

One PUI, a non-psychiatric dialysis patient, also died. Results of the patient's COVID-19 test have not been released, NCMH said.

The NCMH is a special research training center and hospital licensed by the Department of Health (DOH) and accredited by PhilHealth. It has an authorized bed capacity of 4,200 inpatients and served an average of 56,000 outpatients per year.

While battling the contagious coronavirus disease, several doctors have died after themselves contracting the virus, while dozens other health workers have been placed under quarantine for exposure.