DOH corrects tally of health workers who died from COVID-19 to 31; total cases at 2,330

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 21 2020 07:16 PM | Updated as of May 21 2020 08:30 PM

MANILA — The Philippines' health department said Thursday only 31 health workers in the country have died from COVID-19 instead of 35 it reported earlier.

“Noong isang araw, ang bilang ng health care worker deaths ay 35. Nalaman namin, yung 2 sa kanila ay no longer in active duty,” said Dr. Beverly Ho, director of the agency's Promotion and Communications Service, said during a televised briefing.

(The other day, we reported health care worker deaths were at 35. We learned that two of them were no longer in active duty.)

This resulted in changing the tally to 33 on Wednesday. On Thursday, they changed it again to 31.

“Ngayong araw, 31 na lang po ang bilang ng nasawi. The 2 other deaths are actually non-health care workers,” Ho said, citing information from the Epidemiology Bureau of the Department of Health.

(Today, there are only 31 fatalities. The 2 other deaths are actually non-health care workers.)

It has been 10 days since the DOH last reported a COVID-related death among health workers.

The DOH disclosed the revisions as the number of health workers with COVID-19 went up to 2,330 on May 20, or just 15 individuals higher than the previous day. The count represents around 17 percent of the countrywide cumulative total of COVID-19 cases, which is said to be higher than in other countries.

Meanwhile, the number of recoveries from the infected health workers went up by 31, bringing the total to 1,049.

With 31 deaths, the tally of active cases involving health workers is 1,250.

“Paunti na nang paunti ang nakikita nating nagpopositibong health care workers,” Ho said.

(The number of health workers who test positive is decreasing.)

Of the 1,250 active cases, 322 are asymptomatic and 926 are mild cases. Only 2 are considered severe cases.

Those infected with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic include 850 nurses, 670 doctors, 144 nursing assistants, 86 medical technologists, 42 radiologic technologists and 291 non-medical staff from health facilities.