The Department of Health (DOH) announced on Monday, April 5,2021, that selected school buildings will be used as quarantine facilities as COVID-19 cases spiked to decongest hospitals who are no longer accepting patients.
“Pumayag na rin naman ang DepEd (Department of Education) na ‘yong mga eskuwelahan dito sa iba’t ibang local governments, bubuksan na uli para maging quarantine facility,” said Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said.
A triage will also be put up in localities for people who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Patients who are asymptomatic and with mild symptoms will be brought to isolation centers.
“Ang nangyayari kasi ngayon, the public, ‘pag nagkakasakit sila or ‘di kaya ay na-expose, nagkakaroon ng fear, nagkakaroon ng panic. Dumidiretso agad sa hospital, which should not be the case,” Vergeire said.
The DOH also added that they will distribute tents to selected hospitals to increase their bed capacity for coronavirus patients. It has also identified 4 hotels where health-care workers with COVID-19 could recuperate.
More than a year since the pandemic began, the country has listed over 795,051 cases of which 646,100 have recovered while 13,425 died.
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