DPWH eyes completion of 22 new COVID-19 isolation facilities by August

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 30) —  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is eyeing to finish next month the construction of more isolation sites in Metro Manila as some existing facilities are almost full with COVID-19 patients who are mildly ill or have no symptoms at all, an official said Thursday.

The DPWH is targeting the completion of 22 new facilities in two to three weeks, COVID-19 response deputy chief implementer Vince Dizon said in a briefing.

To date, 27,000 hotel rooms in Metro Manila have also been reserved as temporary quarantine areas, adding that 1,000 of which are occupied.

In addition, Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija may be operational as a quarantine facility in a week with its 500 rooms.

The Department of Health on Wednesday said five of the 14 big quarantine facilities in Luzon reach “danger zone” level in terms of beds for COVID-19 patients.

A danger zone classification pertains to a 70 to 100 percent utilization rate of facilities for coronavirus patients.

Dizon said medical personnel have observed that asymptomatic patients are quickly filling up the spaces in isolation sites.

Home quarantine is an option for mild and asymptomatic cases provided they have their own room as well as bathroom, and that they do not live with someone who has a high risk of catching coronavirus, such as the elderly.