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Walang nilabag! QC gov’t: 3 COVID-19 patients sent home in accordance with DOH protocol

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The Quezon City government has defended the decision of Metro Manila hospitals to send home three of its residents who tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), saying these were based on protocols set by the Department of Health (DOH).

Dr. Rolando Cruz, head of QC’s Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit said OH Memorandum No. 2020-0108 issued on March 11, 2020 indicates that “persons under investigation (PUIs) and positive COVID-19 patients who exhibit mild symptoms with no co-morbidities and are non-elderly are advised to be sent home for strict self-isolation and close monitoring by local health authorities.”

Mayor Joy Belmonte, in an interview with a local network, expressed concern after the three residents were confirmed positive for COVID-19, as per report by Dr. Cruz on Sunday.

“Keeping them home is alarming because of the conditions in which they live and the ease with which they can transmit the disease,” she said.

The local government has started implementing Extreme Enhanced Community Quarantine on residences of positive patients sent home wherein they shall be strictly monitored by uniformed personnel and provided with necessary assistance in order to ensure their isolation.

In addition, the local government has identified various facilities where positive patients who do not have the capacity to undergo self-quarantine due to their living conditions can be accommodated.