Baguio records 12 health workers positive for COVID-19

Four more health workers in Baguio tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on Sunday, bringing the total to 12 medical frontliners infected with that disease.

Aileen Refuerzo, chief of Baguio City Public Information Office, said the four are employees of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC). Two of them are female nurses and both 34 years old, while one is a 27-year-old male nurse, and another is a 61-year-old doctor.

These new cases are from BGH Compound, Camp 8 and Sto. Niño villages, and Wangal in La Trinidad.

Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong has declared Barangay Sto. Niño under lockdown. The two other barangays were earlier closed due to confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

“All appropriate courses of actions and standard operating procedures are currently being executed” for the Covid-19 patients, the report quoted Mayor Benjamin Magalong as saying.

On Saturday, four other health care workers — two physicians, a nurse and a hospital clerk, all of BGHMC, were among those seven Baguio residents found positive for Covid-19. An eight patient also tested positive but is a resident of La Trinidad, Benguet.

Due to the increasing number of COVID 19 cases of health care workers in their facility, BGHMC has suspended Hemodialysis Treatment starting Monday, April 27. The hospital also stopped accepting admissions of any patient.

Baguio now has 29 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of whom 12 are health care workers.

City Health Officer, Dr. Rowena Galpo said the spike in the number of Covid-19 cases in the city was expected. She warned that the number is expected to rise in the next days “as the city had begun conducting more confirmatory tests with the arrival of additional test kits and machines”. (via PNA)

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