By Gabriela Baron
An employee of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) died on Sunday before his COVID-19 test result could be released.
The employee worked at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) which had been converted into a quarantine facility for suspected COVID-19 patients, said Anna Lamentillo, chairman of the Build Build Build Committee of the DPWH.
According to Lamentillo, the employee had diarrhea before getting tested for the coronavirus disease.
“We are now awaiting the results of the test,” the DPWH official said in a statement.
Lamentillo said that the DPWH has already informed the employee’s family and gave them assistance. She added that they have also started with the process of contact tracing.
“We will voluntarily submit to self-quarantine while awaiting the results from RITM (Research Institute for Tropical Medicine),” Lamentillo said.
PICC is among the state-owned buildings converted into quarantine facilities in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.