Twenty-one of the 72 local cases of the Delta variant of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were either admitted or tested at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), PGH-Infection Control Unit head Dr. Regina Berba said on Wednesday, July 28.
“Among the Delta cases that have been reported by DOH (Department of Health), we’ve seen 21 of those cases were actually seen at PGH,” she said in a virtual press briefing.
Berba, however, assured that despite the high number of Delta exposure at PGH, there is no COVID-19 outbreak among the hospital staff so far.
She noted that close to 300 contacts have been evaluated and tested for COVID-19.
Berba said the PGH is on “heightened alert” from July 26 to August 31 in preparation for the Delta variant.
She also urged other hospitals to observe the same level of vigilance and “assume that every COVID case now maybe a Delta.”
“We can prevent the Delta from infecting us…Let us shift the paradigm. Let us protect each other. We have to assume that every COVID-19 patient may be carrying a Delta variant,” Berba added.
“Until proven otherwise, assume that all colds/cough/fever, especially with chills, may be COVID-19 and thus immediately implement isolation,” she also said.