(Eagle News)–The Caloocan City Medical Center (South) will be temporarily closed starting today, July 17, after several of its medical frontliners tested positive for COVID-19.
Mayor Oscar Malapitan did not say how many were infected but said they were nurses and medical technologists who have already been quarantined.
He said the temporary closure of the hospital, which includes the emergency room, will last until July 23, and will give way to a decontamination of the facility.
Contact tracing is already ongoing.
“Bagamat pansamantalang sarado, patuloy natin bibigyan ng kinakailangang atensyong-medikal ang mga pasyenteng naka-admit na,” he said, even as he announced the hospital had reached its “overflowing capacity” for COVID-19 patients.
He urged the public to bring COVID-19 cases and those suspected of having the virus to other hospitals.
During the temporary closure, he said the out-patient department at the Old City Hall Plaza shall continue to provide services.
Caloocan City North Medical Center (CCNMC) also remains open.
“Tayo ay patuloy na humihingi ng pang-unawa sa ating mga mamamayan,” Malapitan said.
“Umasa kayo na ginagawa natin ang lahat upang mabuksan muli ang CCMC sa lalong madaling panahon, nang sa gayon ay muli tayong makapagbigay ng ligtas at maayos na serbisyong medikal sa mga taga-Caloocan,” he added.