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Bulacan converting athlete’s quarters into COVID-19 isolation facility

By: - Correspondent / @inquirerdotnet
/ 04:34 PM August 21, 2020

CITY OF MALOLOS –– Bulacan is using its sports center as an isolation facility for coronavirus disease (COVID-9) patients who are asymptomatic and who suffer mild symptoms, heeding a suggestion made last week by Health Secretary Francisco Duque.

During its Aug. 20 regular session, the Bulacan provincial board approved a memorandum of agreement to be made with Public Works Secretary Mark Villar for the conversion of the dormitory of athletes at the Bulacan Sports Center into a quarantine area.

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The provincial board also asked the Department of Public Works and Highways to build a separate dormitory for Bulacan health workers. Medical front liners are temporarily housed in a Bulacan State University building beside the Bulacan Medical Center, where the Bulacan Infection Control Center and the molecular laboratories are located.

Duque led the meeting of the National COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force here on Aug. 15, where he observed that Bulacan needed to increase quarantine facilities and improve and expand its testing capabilities.

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Duque also said Bulacan needs to improve its contact tracing methodology. “Early detection of the infection through contact tracing is one of five strategic frameworks [of the campaign to combat the disease)… The 1,172 active cases here [as of Aug. 15] means you should have been able to trace 20,000 people [who may have interacted with infected patients],” he said.

The recovery rate of Bulacan from COVID-19 has improved with 1,141 patients healed as of Friday, Aug. 21. The number is half of the total of 2,317 cases recorded in the province.

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