Baybay hospital on lockdown after doctor contracts Covid-19

LEYTE. Personnel of the Western Leyte Provincial Hospital in Baybay City, Leyte hold a flag-raising ceremony while observing physical distancing on October 12, 2020. (From WLPH Facebook)

THE Western Leyte Provincial Hospital (WLPH) in Baybay City, Leyte was placed on lockdown after a doctor developed fever and tested positive for the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), Mayor Jose Carlos Cari announced Wednesday evening, October 14, 2020.

In a Facebook post, Cari said all 51 patients currently admitted in the hospital and their companions will have to remain inside the facility. Admissions and discharge of patients are suspended.

All hospital personnel who reported for duty on Tuesday will also go into quarantine within the hospital premises.

“All provisions, including medicines for the patients, are being taken care of by the WLPH and City IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force Against Covid-19),” Cari said.

He did not specify the lockdown period. However, individuals exposed to the virus are required to undergo quarantine for at least 14 days, which is equivalent to the incubation period for Covid-19.

Cari said all 31 persons considered as close contacts of the doctor were swabbed Wednesday evening.

A contact tracing team has started locating secondary contacts. Cari also advised all those who went to the WLPH between October 4 and 13 to get in touch with their local health officials or the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office if they feel that they have been exposed to the virus.

“Again, all concerned close and secondary contacts are advised to self-isolate and their respective family/household members to wear face masks even inside their own homes. Avoid touching your face and wash your hands frequently,” Cari said.

In a previous post, Cari said the contact tracing team of the municipality of Sogod in Southern Leyte informed the Baybay City IATF that a doctor working at the WLPH had tested positive for Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

The doctor, a resident of Sogod, developed fever. He is confined in a health facility in Sogod, Cari said. (Marites Villamor-Ilano/SunStar Philippines)


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