One of 4 new COVID-19 patients QC resident, Belmonte confirms

Published March 9, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Marjaleen Ramos and Joseph Almer Pedrajas 

One of the four new patients who tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and who was admitted to a private hospital in Quezon City, has been transferred to a government facility.

The St. Luke’s Medical Center confirmed this, saying it initially admitted the country’s 10th case involving a 57-year-old Filipino.

“St. Luke’s Medical Center – Quezon City…has screened and isolated a patient who turned out positive for COVID-19,” it said.

However, St. Luke’s clarified that the Department of Health (DOH) already took the patient in its custody “as soon as the test results revealed positive.”

“Screening, testing, and care for all COVID-19 patients, including persons under investigation, are conducted in adequately equipped isolation rooms especially established for such cases to help prevent the spread of the virus,” the hospital added, allaying the fears of the public.

St. Luke’s also gave assurance that it “will continue to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety and care of all [its] patients and health care workers following the protocols determined and set by [its] infectious disease specialists.”

Further to this, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte confirmed Monday that one of the four new COVD-19 patients is a resident of Quezon City,

In a report on DZMM Teleradyo, Belmonte said the patient was a resident of Quezon City’s first district.

Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the case in Quezon City is one of the confirmed 10 COVID-19 patients.