Joy Belmonte taps QC university to house suspected COVID-19 patients


Posted at Mar 30 2020 05:12 PM

MANILA — Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said Monday she has found a second temporary quarantine facility—a university—to house persons under investigation (PUI) for suspected coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Belmonte identified QC's new quarantine shelter to be the "sprawling" Quezon City University (QCU) Complex in Novaliches.

"The quarantine facility has a 168-bed capacity for PUIs who are unable to undergo self-quarantine in their respective homes," said Belmonte.


The facility will open on Tuesday, and will be called "Hope II."

Patients admitted to HOPE II will be provided meals, an isolated space, personal hygiene kits, medication, and medical attention, according to the local chief executive.

"This would also help maximize the availability of hospital beds for patients who are in dire need of hospitalization," Belmonte explained.

Belmonte said the decision to put up their own quarantine facility came as she raised alarm over the Department of Health protocol mandating hospitals to send home PUIs and positive COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms.

"We cannot effectively control the spread of the virus if we send home PUIs and positive COVID-19 patients without the means to self-quarantine," said Belmonte.

In its last bulleting posted on Saturday, QC said it has 113 COVID-19 cases, 19 of whom died and 9 have recovered.

As of Sunday, the Philippines has recorded 1,418 COVID-19 cases, with 71 deaths and 42 recoveries.