62 workers, 13 patients of Nat'l Center for Mental Health positive for COVID-19 | Inquirer News

62 workers, 13 patients of Nat’l Center for Mental Health positive for COVID-19

By: - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ
/ 06:03 PM April 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 62 employees and 13 psychiatric patients of the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) in Mandaluyong City were confirmed to have the coronavirus disease.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Tuesday said that five of the confirmed cases have already recovered from the disease — four were employees of the hospital while one was a patient. There was no death reported.


Healthcare workers who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus but show no symptoms of the COVID-19 are currently under home quarantine, Vergeire said.


Meanwhile, those who have symptoms are admitted to several hospitals.

She did not specify how many of the employees are under home-quarantine or admitted to hospitals.

Psychiatric patients with COVID-19, however, are under the care of the NCMH.

“Patuloy na minomonitor ng ating kagawaran sa kanilang araw araw na kalagayan,” the Health official said.

(The DOH continues to monitor their situation.)

To date, there are 6,599 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country of which 654 patients were able to recover from the disease, while 437 have succumbed to it.


READ: COVID-19 cases in PH now at 6,599; recoveries at 654

The DOH earlier revealed that 766 healthcare professionals in the country have been afflicted with the COVID-19 — 339 were doctors while 242 are nurses.

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Twenty-two of the healthcare workers have succumbed to the disease.

READ: 339 doctors, 242 nurses have COVID-19 – DOH

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