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748 DepEd personnel, including students, test positive for COVID-19

An official of the Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday revealed that there are at least 750 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among its personnel and students at the basic education level.

DepEd Undersecretary for Administration Alain Pascua, in an aide memoire dated Aug. 19, reported that as of 6:00 pm of Aug. 18, “a total of 748 DepEd personnel and learners (including the Central Office) have been confirmed to be COVID-19 positive.”

Of this number, Pascua explained that 318 remain active cases, 408 have recovered, and 22 have died. In the DepEd CO located in Pasig City, he noted that there are “15 confirmed cases, with nine being active, five recovered and one death.”

Pascua said that of the confirmed COVID-19 cases, 268 are learners (88 are active, 174 recovered and 6 deaths); 311 are teaching personnel (153 are active, 149 have recovered, and 9 deaths); and 169 are non-teaching personnel (77 are active, 85 recovered and 7 deaths).

In order to provide immediate support and assistance to the “growing number of COVID-19 cases” in the CO, Pascua said that updated protocols will be issued. This, he explained, is also in line with the new provisions from the recent issuances of the Department of Health (DOH).

Pascua outlined the COVID-19 general process and protocols for reporting, coordination, and response in the CO.

Concerned personnel are required to immediately report to their respective heads of office or the CO clinic doctor who is expected to “act immediately and appropriately.” The COVID-19 Task Force will then coordinate the provision of necessary assistance and will also convene offices to “discuss and implement a case management plan.”

All personnel are also expected to be “oriented on and conform with/abide by the latest required health standards.” For the needed isolation of COVID-19 positive personnel, Pascua said that the NEAP Marikina will be the CO Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility if the standards are not met in their home or is the nationally/LGU-managed facility is not preferred.

For the management of COVID-19 cases in DepEd field offices, Pascua said that they are also “currently finalizing specialized guidelines that would formalize the existing case management protocols in the field.”

As directed by Education Secretary Leonor Briones, the DepEd CO was temporarily closed from August 19 to August 23 “to give way for a complex-wide disinfection and contact tracing activity” and “to ensure the health and safety of our skeleton workforce.”


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2020/08/24/748-deped-personnel-including-students-test-positive-for-covid-19/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=748-deped-personnel-including-students-test-positive-for-covid-19)

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