1,321 PCG frontliners recover from COVID-19

Active COVID-19 cases among Philippine Coast Guard frontliners dropped to 146 after 1,321 recovered from the disease.


From Sept. 1 to 10, 240 Coast Guard personnel recovered, latest data from the organization showed.

During the same period, 149 new confirmed cases were recorded, bringing the tally of cases to 1,467.

No deaths were reported.

The infected personnel were immediately pulled out from their stations and provided with medical assistance and other resource support, Admiral George Ursabia Jr., Coast Guard commandant, said.

“The health conditions of Coast Guard frontline personnel are regularly monitored through various efforts such as swab testing,” Ursabia added.

Sufficient provision of vitamins, personal protective equipment sets, nutrition-packed meals, and medical supplies have been provided to the personnel to boost their immune system while working on the frontlines of the pandemic.

Strategic deployment has been implemented within the organization to ensure that frontline personnel have rest periods and work breaks.

The PCG uses UV lights to augment the manual disinfection of work stations and billeting areas.

Ursabia bared that the Coast Guard’s quarantine facility, which can accommodate up to 224 frontline personnel at one time, will open this month.

The facility will allow the Coast Guard Medical Service to better manage the active COVID-19 cases within the organization for their speed recovery and rehabilitation, he said.