19 PGH health workers test positive for COVID-19


Posted at May 30 2020 11:40 PM

MANILA - Nineteen health care workers at Philippine General Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19, the hospital spokesperson confirmed on Saturday.

Most of the medical workers “experienced very mild symptoms,” and all but one were asymptomatic at the time they were confirmed positive.

PGH spokesperson Dr. Jonas Del Rosario said the hospital has been reminding staff to “be mindful of the infection control measure in place.” 

Del Rosario said more safety officers will be assigned to check those breaking physical distancing rules.

Contact tracing has been activated, while an investigation has been launched to find out how the workers got infected.

Some of the positive cases can be traced to workers eating closely together and staying at common areas without masks on.

The Department of Health earlier said coronavirus cases among doctors, nurses and health workers have reached a total of 2,480.
This means 1 in 6 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, now at over 15,000, are health care workers. 

The number of recoveries stayed at 1,228 as of May 28, while deaths remained at 31.