The Medical City confirms 8 COVID-19 cases admitted, with 31 under investigation

Published March 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By MB Online 

The Medical City confirmed on Wednesday that there are eight cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) under their care.

According to the Pasig City-based medical center, their emergency department also handled 31 persons under investigation (PUIs) on Tuesday night.

The hospital said that medical staff members wear prescribed protective gear and follow prescribed protocols such as mandatory quarantine to healthcare staff for 14 days upon exposure to confirmed cases.

“Last night, seeing that an acceptable balance had to be maintained between following globally-mandated protocols to address a sudden surge and the capacity of our hospital to mobilize a fully-equipped and protected staff, an internal memo from the head of our Epidemic Rapid Response Team (EERT) meant to temporarily control the in-flow of new cases was unfortunately leaked to the social media,” the hospital said.

The Medical City made the statement after Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said on Wednesday that corresponding penalties may be imposed against the hospital after issuing a memorandum instructing its staff not to accept patients with COVID-19.

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“The impact of this on our hospital manpower base and other resources, plus the fear, uncertainty and the onset of fatigue and burn-out is serious and very worrisome,” The Medical City said.

The hospital underscored that it will remain open to all patients “for as long as our capacity to do so allows it.”

The health secretary warned all private hospitals against refusing COVID-19 patients.

DOH reported on Tuesday that there are only nine new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 33.

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