DOH says new cases of COVID-19 among doctors, nurses continue to go down

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 19 2020 07:18 PM | Updated as of May 19 2020 08:29 PM

MANILA — A graph released by the Department of Health (DOH) shows the number of new COVID-19 patients among health workers dwindling starting this month.

DOH says new cases of COVID-19 among doctors, nurses continue to go down 1

“Nitong mga nakaraang araw ay paunti na nang paunti ang nakikita nating mga health care workers na nagpopositibo,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during a televised briefing Tuesday.

(During the past days, we are seeing fewer health workers testing positive.)

The 2,315 total number of health workers infected with COVID-19 as of May 18 is just one case higher than the previous day.

Vergeire also pointed out the increase in recoveries, with the total number of recovered health workers at 974 or 36 higher than the tally reported on May 17.

With the number of deaths remaining at 35 in the last couple of days, there are only 1,306 health workers who are considered having active cases of COVID-19.

Of those, 968 have mild symptoms, 333 are asymptomatic, 4 have severe symptoms and 1 is considered a critical case. The DOH categorizes a patient as a critical case if he or she has been intubated.

The COVID-infected health personnel include 842 nurses, 671 doctors, 144 nursing assistants, 84 medical technologists, 42 radiologic technologists and 284 non-medical staff working in health facilities.