DOH: More doctors, nurses, other health workers recovering from COVID-19; fewer being infected

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 14 2020 06:06 PM

MANILA — There are now fewer health workers infected with COVID-19 as more of them are recovering daily, the Department of Health said on Thursday.

The DOH reported that 2,156 health workers tested positive for COVID-19 as of May 13. This is 31 individuals higher than the reported number the day before.

Of the 2,156, 737 of them have already recovered.

Meanwhile, the number of health workers who died from COVID-19 remained at 35.

“Sa nasabing bilang ang 1,393 ay active cases, mas mababa sa naitalang active cases na 1,431 active cases kahapon,” Maria Rosario Vergeire said during a televised briefing.

(Of those, 1,393 are active cases, lower than the recorded active cases of 1,431 the day before.)

“Ibig sabihin tumaas ang bilang ng ating mga COVID-19 survivors na health care workers,” she added.

(This means that the number of our COVID-19 survivors among health workers is going up.)

Vergeire also said that the number of new cases continue to go down.

Of the 1,393 active cases, 1,007 have mild symptoms, 380 are asymptomatic, 5 have severe symptoms, and only one is considered a critical case. According to the DOH, critical cases are those who are intubated or need help breathing through a ventilator.

Health workers who tested positive for COVID-19 include 790 nurses, 652 doctors, 133 nursing assistants, 75 medical technologists, 40 radiologic technologists and 219 non-medical staff in health facilities.

Vergeire said that strict infection control protocols are being implemented in hospitals to prevent the spread of the virus among health workers.