Joy Belmonte orders monitoring of close-setting facilities as 22 test positive for COVID-19 in convent

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has ordered the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (QCESU) to closely monitor and make an inventory of all closed-setting and long-term care facilities in the city after 22 test positive for COVID-19 in a convent.

Among the facilities that Belmonte wants CESU to keep tabs on include: convents, orphanages, nursing homes, homes for the aged, rehabilitation centers, shelters for street children, halfway homes for victims of violence and abuse, hospices, and correctional facilities.

“Hindi pwedeng reactive tayo sa tuwing magkakaroon ng outbreak. Nakikita natin na sunod-sunod na ang mga reported outbreak sa ganitong high-risk facilities, unahan na natin. We will test them and check if they have strict health protocols in place,” Belmonte said.

The Convent of the Holy Spirit at Barangay Immaculate Conception recently reported that 13 nuns and nine members of its staff tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 22, 14 are fully-vaccinated while the rest have not received any vaccine.

Majority of the nuns who tested positive are between 80 to 101 years old.

The convent has been placed under Special Concern Lockdown (SCL) since September 15.