Quezon City disease monitoring unit probes COVID-19 outbreak in convent

Published September 15, 2021, 10:21 PM

by Allysa Nievera

The Quezon City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) are investigating the possible cause of the COVID-19 outbreak at Religious of the Virgin Mary convent.

The move came after 114 nuns and staff of the convent tested positive for COVID-19.

According to CESU chief Dr. Rolando Cruz, they noticed the situation after the cases were recorded in the surveillance data reported by a testing laboratory.

“Hindi po tayo ang nag-swab sa kanila. Nagpa-test po sila sa iba at nang lumabas na ang resulta sa laboratory, na-record ito sa surveillance data (We didn’t swab them. They were tested in other testing laboratories and when the result came out, it was recorded in the surveillance data),” he said.

“Now, our team is conducting an investigation and intensive contact tracing to get more details about the matter,” he added.

Cruz also said that they will also determine if any of the positive individuals in the convent had close contacts outside the convent.

Mayor Joy Belmonte reminded the public and administrators of closed settings to observe minimum health protocols.

“Patuloy po ang pagpapaalala natin na doblehin ang pag-iingat at agad na tumawag sa ating CESU kung may nakitaan ng sintomas sa inyong mga kasama. Mahalaga na maaga at maagap ang ating pagkilos para maiwasan ang mas maraming hawahan. Lagi naman tayong nakahandang rumesponde (We continue to remind you to take extra precautions and call our CESU immediately if any of your comrades notice any symptoms. It is important that we act early and promptly to prevent more infections. We are always ready to respond),” she said.

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