RESIDENTS of Sto. Tomas in Pampanga who contracted the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) may now opt for home isolation under the Provincial Government's Home Care Service Program (HCSP).
Mayor Gloria Ronquillo said the local government implemented the program immediately after it was launched by Governor Dennis Pineda.
She said patients are allowed to do home isolation provided that they have a separate room that has proper ventilation and own bathroom.
"We have to check first if they can properly isolate in their own houses before we allow it because we avoid spreading the virus among other family members," Ronquillo said.
She added that the patients would be regularly monitored by their chosen HCSP-accredited, or medical workers of the local government if they did not avail themselves of the program.
"If the patient is in critical condition or manifest severe symptoms, they will not also be allowed to do self-isolation and have to be brought to hospitals but fortunately, most of our patients here are either asymptomatic or have mild symptoms," the mayor said.
Meanwhile, Ronquillo said the community hospital-turned-isolation facility, which has 25 beds, is also open to cater to patients who cannot undergo home isolation.
As of Monday, May 10, the mayor reported that there were a total of 235 confirmed Covid-19 cases in town, of which 34 are active, 191 have recovered and 10 died.