MANILA - The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) said late Wednesday a female employee died due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), prompting contact tracing and disinfection in its campus.
The 57-year-old employee, who passed away early Wednesday, is one of 3 university employees who were found to be infected with the new coronavirus, PLM said in a statement.
One of the employees had already recovered from the respiratory illness while the other was still recovering in a hospital, PLM said.
PLM said the fatality experienced flu-like symptoms on July 11, 2 days after she last went to campus.
"Her symptoms worsened the following week, which led to her taking a swab test and her confinement at a Manila hospital where she eventually passed away," the university said.
Even though 3 employees had tested positive, PLM said there was still no COVID-19 transmission within campus grounds.
The university said its COVID-19 task force has started looking for those who came in contact with the infected employees, and decontaminated the work area of the employee who passed away.
PLM added that it disinfects the campus every morning and afternoon, and frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs and stairway rails every two hours.
The number of employees physically reporting for work is also limited, PLM said.
"Staff deployment plans are approved weekly to ensure that offices are operating only at limited capacity and strict social distancing is enforced, while the campus remains off-limits to visitors," it said.
Classes in PLM will start on September 3.
On Wednesday, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines reached 72,269, of which 1,843 died.