Nahawa sa isa! 122 kids, employees of QC orphanage test positive for COVID-19

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte reiterated the importance of following minimum public health protocols after 122 children and personnel of the Gentlehands Orphanage at Barangay Bagumbuhay tested positive of COVID-19.

City Epidemiology Surveillance Unit Chief Dr. Rolando Cruz said asymptomatic adult allegedly visited the orphanage and unknowingly brought the virus, which caused the outbreak.

Of the infected individuals at the orphanage, 99 were minors.

“Mariin nating ipinapaala na ang hindi pagsunod o hindi pagpapatupad ng minimum public health protocols ay paglabag sa RA 11332. Dapat maging mahigpit ang ating persons in authority sa pagpapatupad nito para maiwasan natin ang pagkalat ng virus,” Belmonte said.

She added that the outbreak could have been prevented and “the children could have been saved from the life-threatening risks of COVID.”

The Office of the City Mayor swiftly attended to the needs of the facility by sending paracetamol, vitamins, hygiene kits, face masks, alcohol, and food packs.

Belmonte also instructed CESU to closely monitor everyone’s health, especially of the children, and to do active surveillance of other closed settings such as nursing homes.