Davao City stops using schools as quarantine facilities

Published May 26, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Ivy Tejano

DAVAO CITY – The Davao City government emptied three schools that were used to quarantine patients suspected of being afflicted with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), or as temporary shelter for health workers.

These three schools were Kapitan Tomas Monteverde Sr. Central Elementary School, Teodoro Palma Gil Elementary School, and Bolton Elementary School.

Bolton was used as temporary shelter for health workers.

A total of 42 individuals from Barangay 23-C, who were quarantined at Kapitan Tomas, were transferred to a new quarantine facility of the city on May 25, Monday.

City Health Office (CHO) Chief Dr. Josephine Villafuerte said that 42 individuals, mostly from the Badjao community of the Barangay 23-C, were asymptomatic of the coronavirus infection.

Although asymptomatic, Villafuerte said, 23 of them have been confirmed positive of the coronavirus. He added that they will be subjected to another test.

Villafuerte said the Davao City COVID-19 Task Force has decided on a new approach to isolate the quarantined individuals to make sure that no one will escape from the quarantine facilities.

She said all individuals positive of the coronavirus will be in two separate isolation rooms, while those who are waiting for results will be in separate rooms which will have a capacity of only 15 persons.

Villafuerte said this set-up was better for them because they prefer to be close with their extended families.

“Their culture is different from us so we have decided to pursue another approach that is culturally sensitive. They have practices in their culture that we do not understand,” she said.

Villafuerte said that the Kapitan Tomas school was the last of the three schools to cease being used as quarantine or isolation facility.