MANILA City Mayor Isko Moreno has temporarily closed the Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center (GABMMC) emergency room since yesterday after several health workers tested positive for COVID-19.
Among those positive for the COVID-19 health workers were four doctors, one radiology technologist, one medical technologist, and two nurses.
Because of this, the hospital’s emergency room will remain closed until May 5, 2020, at 7:00 am.
Mayor Isko said GABMMC would have to go through general cleaning and disinfection so it had to be closed temporarily.
GABMMC Director Doctor Ted Martin confirmed that they will not receive any patients while the ER is closed.
However, the hospital’s outpatient services, as well as the dialysis center, will remain operational while hospital facilities will continue to be available to exist patients.
Patients with surgical and medical cases are advised to go to Ospital ng Maynila while OB and Pedia patients can be taken to Sampaloc Hospital, Tondo Hospital, and Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital.
Meanwhile, Mayor Isko clarified that GABMMC is not subject to lock down.
He said there were still patients inside but it was closed to receiving new patients.
Meanwhile, for COVID-19 monitoring updates in Manila, according to the Manila Health Department (MHD), 659 residents were positive for coronavirus disease.
Currently, there are a total of 509 active cases after MHD lists an additional 15 cases.
There were 995 considered ‘suspects’ and 11 were probable for COVID-19.
About 90 survived and 60 lost their lives.