DOH: Number of nurses with COVID-19 top 800; more health workers recovering reported


Posted at May 15 2020 07:40 PM | Updated as of May 15 2020 09:18 PM

MANILA—The number of health workers in the Philippines infected with COVID-19 went up by 89 cases, according to the Department of Health on Friday.

The DOH reported that as of Thursday, May 14, there have been 2,245 health workers who tested positive for COVID-19.

Of that number, 779 have recovered. No new deaths were also recorded, with the number of fatalities at 35.

“Nitong mga nakaraang araw ay paunti na nang paunti ang nakikita nating health care workers na nagpopositibo,” Vergeire said.

(These past few days, the number of health workers testing positive for COVID-19 has decreased.)

There are now 1,431 active COVID-19 cases among health workers. Of those, 1,027 have mild symptoms, 398 are asymptomatic, 5 have severe symptoms and 1 is in critical condition or is intubated.

Those who were infected include 812 nurses, 660 doctors, 137 nursing assistants, 81 medical technologists, 42 radiologic technologists and 260 non-medical staff in health care facilities.

As the country’s health care system faces challenges of infected workers and limited personnel, the DOH said it continues to hire people to address the shortages.

Hired as of Thursday were 154 doctors, 377 nurses, 270 nursing attendants, 175 medical technologists, 57 radiologic technologists, 33 respiratory therapists and 3 medical equipment technicians.

Other administrative staff have also been hired.