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May 05, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: New mega swabbing center to ramp up COVID-19 testing
The Department of Health (DOH) today, together with National Action Plan Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. and Deputy Chief Implementer Secretary Vivencio Dizon, inspected the Palacio de Maynila Tent swabbing center, one of the four mega swabbing centers expected to test an estimated 20,000 returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) starting tomorrow. Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III checked on whether the facility observes DOH-issued protocols on testing and proper distancing by going through a short simulation of the crowd and patient management in the facility...

May 05, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH: No new cases in 41 provinces; past two weeks indicate flattening curve
No new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in 41 provinces across the nation over the course of the last two weeks, making the Department of Health (DOH) optimistic that the current measures to control the infection spread are effective. In Tuesday’s Beat COVID-19 Virtual Presser, the DOH also noted that the case doubling time, or the time it takes for newly reported cases to increase two-fold, has slowed significantly since the beginning of the outbreak-- one of the signs that the COVID-19 curve is starting to flatten...

May 05, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: PH starts to flatten curve; ECQ, physical distancing pay off
After a month and a half into the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the Department of Health (DOH) reported in a media forum Tuesday that the country is starting to flatten the COVID-19 curve. Health Undersecretary Dr. Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire, reported that the country is starting to experience a flattening of the COVID-19 curve. However, she warned of a resurgence of cases when the ECQ is lifted and people start being complacent about social distancing. “Sana matulungan nyo kami na hindi pa rin dapat maging complacent,” she appealed to media during the forum...

May 04, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: LGUS, DOH ramp up testing capacity; more measures to manage infection spread
In collaboration with the Marikina and Taguig city governments, the Department of Health (DOH) has officially accredited two additional testing facilities, the Marikina Molecular Laboratory and Bonifacio Global City’s (BGC) second drive-thru facility, to bolster the nation’s testing capacity. In Monday’s virtual press conference, Health Undersecretary Dr. Maria Rosario Vergeire announced that the two facilities successfully met the World Health Organization’s (WHO) biosafety standards for the working environment and personnel training...

May 04, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH visits Sta. Ana Hospital, soon to be a Level 3 Hospital
The Department of Health (DOH), with Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, recently inspected Sta. Ana Hospital to check the situation of its healthcare workers and facility. In his Labor Day message to the hospital officials and staff, Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said that Sta. Ana Hospital has what it takes to be a Level 3 hospital soon. Level 3 hospitals are facilities equipped with isolation rooms at the emergency and in-patient departments and are capable of managing infectious cases.

May 01, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH, other agencies work to prevent COVID-19 in closed-setting facilities
The Department of Health, together with the Department of Justice, World Health Organization, and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) conducted an initial assessment, investigation, and management of cases at the Correctional Institution for Women-Bureau of Corrections and New Bilibid Prison. This is the start of the ongoing coordination with the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to conduct targeted testing, provide treatment and management of cases, and ensure that infection control measures are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in penal and correctional facilities. Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III assured that the DOH is also closely working with the ICRC in building isolation facilities for probable and suspect cases inside the New Bilibid Prison.