Workplaces should have isolation facilities - DOH

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, April 8 (PIA) - - With the surge of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the workplaces, the Department of Health (DOH) region 2 has urged all government agencies and private establishments to have their respective isolation facilities. 

Dr. Rio L. Magpantay, regional director of DOH-2, urges agencies and other workplaces to estballish their respective isolation facilities. (by DOH) 

Dr. Rio L. Magpantay, regional director, said that based on the data of the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Units, lot of employees were infected of COVID-19, both in public and private workplaces. 

He said an employee needs to go to work but should be responsible enough to follow the minimum health standards to avoid being infected with the virus while agency officials should also strictly follow protocols. 

"If an employee is exposed to a COVID-19 positive and he or she has symptoms, he or she should report it immediately to his or her superior and subject him or her to self isolation. They should no longer be allowed to go for work," Magpantay said. 

He also said that every agency should have its respective Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) officer who will be responsible of checking their employees' health situations and manage COVID-19 related cases. 

"The safety officer should report the cases to their respective local government units for assessment, for proper isolation or the conduct of necessary tests," he added. 

In case an employee is categorized as suspected or probable, he or she must be immediately isolated at the agency's isolation facility, Magpantay stressed.

He also reiterated that only those who have symptoms of COVID-19 should undergo immediate RT-PCR test, others who are close contacts of positive cases but without symptoms should undergo isolation for five to seven days before the conduct of the test.

Workplaces should be disinfected regularly, Magpantay added, as one of the measures to lessen the probability of contagion of COVID-19. (MDCT/OTB/PIA 2-Cagayan)  

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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