26 more doctors, nurses, other health workers test positive for COVID-19 in PH

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 26 2020 07:09 PM

MANILA — The number of health workers with COVID-19 in the country rose by 26, the Department of Health reported on Tuesday, raising the total to 2,420 as of May 25.

Of the total, 879 are nurses, 682 are doctors, 148 are nursing assistants, 89 are medical technologists, 45 are radiologic technologists and 304 are non-medical staff.

Despite newly reported cases, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire noted the declining rate of infection among health workers. 

“Base sa datos natin paunti na ng paunti ang naitatala nating health care workers na nagpopositibo,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during a televised briefing.

(There are now fewer health care workers testing positive for this illness.)

Vergeire attributed this to stricter implementation of infection control measures.

The number of recoveries increased by 10 to 1,163, while the number of fatalities remained at 31.

This brings the number of active cases to 1,226, 76 percent of which are mild cases, 23.8 percent asymptomatic and 0.17 percent severe.

Health workers now comprise 16.9 percent of the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

During the DOH briefing, Dr. Takeshi Nishijima, technical officer of the World Health Organization - Western Pacific Regional Office, talked about the importance of various infection control measures, including the proper removal of personal protective equipment (PPE).

“You need to be trained to do that,” he said, explaining that improper removal of PPEs can result in contamination or the spread of the virus.

The DOH earlier admitted that the spike in COVID-19 cases among health workers at the start of the outbreak might be because of the lack of PPEs in some hospitals. Later on, they attributed cases to community transmission since many health workers were still going home to their families after working in the hospital.