A week after it resumed operations, the Caloocan City Medical Center (CCMC) – South will again be closed starting August 1 after 61 of its personnel contracted the coronavirus, CCMC Administrator Dr. Fernando Santos said.
Mayor Oscar Malapitan said the move aims to allow those who were infected and those who had close contact with them to undergo 14-day quarantine.
“Dahil dito, pansamantalang sarado ang CCMC kasama ang Emergency Room, mula 12:01am ng August 1 hanggang 11:59 pm ng August 14, [Because of this, we will temporarily close CCMC and its Emergency Room starting 12:01 a.m. of August 1 until 11:59 p.m. of August 14]” the local government said.
However, patients confined at the hospital will continue to received medical care.
The Out-Patient Department located at the Old City Hall Plaza as well as the Caloocan City North Medical Center will remain operational.
“Sa kasalukuyan, ang CCMC ay nasa ‘overflowing capacity’ pa rin para sa mga pasyente ng COVID-19. Hinihikayat natin ang publiko na dalhin ang mga positibo o suspected COVID-19 patients sa ibang ospital para sa agarang lunas [Currently, the CCMC remains at ‘overflowing capacity’ in terms of COVID-19 patients. We are urging the public to bring those positive or suspected COVID-19 patients to other facilities for medical assistance],” the local government said.
On July 17, the CCMC was closed to the public after some of their staff tested positive of the virus and placed on six-day lockdown for disinfection.