COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa sees rise in recoveries of COVID-19 patients, intensifies its targeted mass testing
As of May 7, the Muntinlupa City Health Office has recorded a steady rise in the number of COVID-19 recovered patients with over 66 recoveries. While, there are 313 cleared suspect cases and 321 cleared probable cases that have shown improvement over the recent days of monitoring.
Muntinlupa CHO chief Dra. Teresa Tuliao said the increase in cleared cases can be accounted to the local government’s pro-active contract tracing and mass testing, including a holistic approach in treating residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Muntinlupa City has started its targeted COVID-19 mass testing and has finished collecting swab samples from 596 individuals who are suspected to have contracted the virus to date.
Tuliao said the local health office conducts “express mass testing” where city residents are tested for as fast as 10 minutes. She noted that individuals to be tested undergo pre-assessment for triaging prior to swab collection.
Residents to be tested are transported through Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERT) and DRRMO. While, walk-in individuals are assessed by medical staff before being administered with the swab collection.
CHO has started to test frontliners and health workers in barangay health centers. COVID-19 test results are released four to five days after testing.
The local health officer said confirmed patients are immediately referred to quarantine facilities while close contacts and their families are subject for isolation to help contain the spread of the virus in the communities.
A field hospital and isolation rooms have been constructed in Ospital ng Muntinlupa to accommodate suspect, probable, and confirmed cases of COVID-19. Barangays in Muntinlupa have also installed quarantine areas to house COVID-19 cases.
Further, the City Government implements a holistic approach in treating COVID-19 patients and suspect individuals by providing psycho-social, spiritual, and support care on top of medical assistance. Recovered patients are continuously monitored by CHO and are given vitamins and other supplies.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi assures the public that the City Government implements tougher initiatives to beat COVID-19 in the city and urged residents to follow quarantine measures and to remain in their houses during the health emergency.
Muntinlupa City has 174 confirmed cases with 23 reported deaths, 12 suspect cases, and 432 probable cases as of May 7.
This is an official Press Release issued by the City Government of Muntinlupa. Some parts were edited for this website.
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