Novaliches District Hospital to undergo disinfection for three days as employees test positive for COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 24) -- The Novaliches District Hospital will undergo disinfection for three days as hospital employees test positive for COVID-19, the Quezon City government said on Sunday.

“On May 26 to 28, the Novaliches District Hospital (NDH) will undergo thorough disinfection due to the number of employees who have tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019,” the local government said in an advisory.

It said critical areas like wards, the emergency room, and admitting areas will undergo wall-to-wall disinfection, curtailing hospital operations.

Meanwhile, employees who had close contact with COVID-19 positive patients will continue their self-quarantine period during the shutdown. The hospital’s emergency room will also remain operational for patients who would need immediate attention.

The city government assured that the Quezon City General Hospital and the Rosario Maclang-Bautista General Hospital are ready to provide outpatient services and other medical needs during the three-day period.

As of May 24, Quezon City has recorded the most COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila with 1,920 cases, data from the Health Department showed. Of these, 159 have died, while 578 have recovered.

Nationwide, a total of 2,369 medical frontliners have been infected as of May 23. Recoveries reached 1,118, while deaths were at 31.