Muntinlupa to isolate residents while waiting for swab test results

Published September 3, 2020, 2:10 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

The Muntinlupa City government will isolate people who have undergone swabbing for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while waiting for test results.

Muntinlupa City Council members discussing the new ordinances during a session (Muntinlupa PIO)

An ordinance was approved by the Muntinlupa City Council that orders mandatory isolation at home or in a quarantine facility in the city for people who have been tested for the virus.

Home quarantine will only be allowed if requirements are met as certified by the City Health Office (CHO).

The person subject to home isolation should have his own room with a comfort
room and there is no senior citizen living in the same house.

If not, the person will be placed in an isolation facility at the Ospital ng Muntinlupa in Barangay Alabang or at the Emergency Quarantine Facility (EQF) in Barangay Sucat. A third quarantine facility is being built at Pacwood Site in Barangay Tunasan in partnership with the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Majority Floor Leader Raul Corro of the City Council said the mandatory isolation is needed to restrict movement of suspect cases and prevent possible carriers of the virus to travel and infect other people.

The Muntinlupa City Council also approved an ordinance mandating the daily reporting by all hospitals, laboratories, and diagnostic clinics in the city of all COVID-19 cases to the CHO.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi has urged residents to refrain from going out unless it is necessary and follow health measures including wearing of face masks, handwashing, and physical distancing.

As of Sept. 2, Muntinlupa has 3,431 confirmed COVID-19 cases including 2,545 patients who have recovered and 121 deaths, leaving 765 active cases or 22.3 percent of the total.