16 doctors, 32 nurses in Olongapo hospital go on quarantine after contact with COVID-19 patient
SUBIC, ZAMBALES–Fifty hospital staffers in Olongapo City went on quarantine starting on Monday (Aug. 17) after they were exposed to a 75-year-old dialysis patient who was infected with SARS Cov2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Dr. Jewel Manuel, chief of the James L. Gordon Memorial Hospital (JLGMH), said among the quarantined hospital staffers were 16 doctors and 32 nurses.
Manuel said the hospital’s dialysis center and some medical wards were also closed for disinfection.
He said JLGMH is temporarily not accepting patients in its surgery ward, medical ward and the whole dialysis center.
The infected female patient, who was suffering from kidney failure, went to the hospital for her first dialysis on Aug. 13. Respiratory samples were taken from her two days after her second dialysis on Aug. 15. Test results came out positive on Monday.
Manuel said an ambulance driver and a hospital helper were also exposed to the woman.
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