By Antonio Colina IV
DAVAO CITY – Two administrative employees of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) have died of COVID-19, SPMC chief of hospital Leopoldo Vega confirmed on Wednesday.
In a phone interview, Vega said one of the two was a 57-year old employee who expired on Wednesday morning while the other, a 59-year old died last Monday.
He clarified that the deceased workers are “technically” not in the frontline since they work in the administration. Vega said those who are considered as “frontliners” are the ones who come face-to-face with COVID-19 patients.
He said the hospital suspected the first casualty acquired the infection through his exposure to a COVID-19 positive patient.
But Vega added they could not determine how the second worker got infected since the deceased employee also had a travel history to Manila.
Vega added the two non-medical employees were among the 12 SPMC workers who tested positive for COVID-19 during a mass testing conducted by the hospital management for its employees.
He added the eight workers have already been discharged and are placed under home quarantine after testing negative.
He added the two others, who are in the frontline, manifest moderate symptoms, have remained in isolation at the hospital.