With better 'infection prevention,' DOH reports no new death among COVID-19 health frontliners

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 22 2020 08:13 PM

With better 'infection prevention,' DOH reports no new death among COVID-19 health frontliners 1
Health workers at the Ospital ng Sampaloc on April 30, 2020. The hospital has reopened following a temporary shutdown of operations after many of their doctors and nurses tested positive with COVID-19. Sampaloc district is one of the hardest-hit communities in Manila. Jeff Canoy, ABS-BN News

MANILA — The Department of Health said on Friday that besides recording fewer health workers infected with COVID-19, there had also been no new deaths in more than a week.

“Malugod naman po naming ibinabalita na wala tayong naitalang health care worker na pumanaw dahil sa COVID-19. Nananatiling nasa 31 po ang bilang ng mga deaths among our health care workers,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario said during a televised briefing.

(We are happy to report that we have not recorded any health care worker deaths from COVID-19. The number of deaths among our health care workers remains at 31.)

Vergeire said it has been 11 days since the last COVID-related fatality was reported among health workers.

Vergeire said data also showed that there are now fewer health workers testing positive for COVID-19, as hospitals implement better ”infection prevention and control measures."

The DOH earlier revised its tally of fatalities after it learned that four individuals who were included in the list were no longer on active duty when they died.

As of Thursday, there is a total of 2,336 confirmed COVID-19 cases among health care workers. Only six individuals were added to the list from the day before.

Meanwhile, the number of recoveries went up by 37, bringing the total to 1,086.

“Patuloy na tumataas ang bilang ng ating mga COVID-19 survivors mula sa hanay ng mga health care workers,” Vergeire said, pointing out that there are only 1,219 active cases left.

(The number of COVID-19 survivors among health care workers is continuing to rise.)

Of the active cases, 322 are asymptomatic, 895 have mild symptoms and 2 have severe symptoms.