KIDAPAWAN CITY – The Cotabato Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Cotabato City has temporarily stopped accepting critically ill patients and referrals for the intensive care unit (ICU), starting July 19, press statement said.
The CRMC issued the statement on July 18, saying all of their ICUs will have to undergo disinfection.
However, the hospital will accept emergency cases subject to the assessment of a physician.
The announcement came a day after a patient from Antipas town in North Cotabato tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
According to reports from the Cotabato Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), the patient was referred to the CRMC last July 17 when she complained of difficulty in breathing.
The patient, a 60-year old female, was first admitted at the Arakan Valley District Hospital in Antipas due to a heart problem on July 3.
Two weeks later, she was transferred to the CRMC for further medical intervention, the IATF reports added.
On July 17, while at the CRMC, the patient developed onset of difficulty in breathing and was swabbed for the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test. The result came out positive, it added.
Dr. Philbert Malaluan, IATF Incident Command Post commander, said contact tracing by respective epidemiology and surveillance units is underway in Cotabato City.
“Several hospital staff would most probably be identified as close and direct contact of the patient,” he explained.
Also, several members of the family were already placed under quarantine at an isolation facility in Antipas, the doctor said.