Health workers with COVID-19 in PH reach 2,741

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 09 2020 10:31 PM | Updated as of Jun 10 2020 11:55 AM

MANILA — The percentage of health workers infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) compared to the total number of confirmed cases in the Philippines has gone down.

Only 1 in 8 confirmed COVID-19 cases are health workers, based on Department of Health (DOH) data released on Tuesday. 

This is lower than in previous weeks, which ranged from 13% to 17% or about 1 in 6 cases.

Based on the latest DOH report, a total of 2,741 health workers have tested positive for COVID-19 as of June 8.

COVID-related fatalities remained at 32 while recoveries increased to 1,598, up by 9 cases from the day before.

Of the 1,111 active cases, 987 have mild symptoms and only 1 is considered a severe case. A total of 123 health workers were deemed asymptomatic.

Included in the total number of cases are 1,008 nurses, 738 doctors, 180 nursing assistants, 110 medical technologists, and 58 radiologic technologists. An additional 349 are non-medical staff working in health facilities. 

On Tuesday, the DOH was also able to release 30 of the 32 P1 million checks allotted for the health workers who died. 

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire clarified that 2 of the health workers initially included in the list of fatalities were delisted because their death certificates specified another illness as the cause of their deaths. 

However, another 2 fatalities were also validated as COVID-19 cases, keeping the number of health workers who died due to COVID-19 to 32. 

The number of severe cases were also reduced to 19 — from 69 last week — due to validation as some of the patients turned out to be only mild or moderate cases.