A total of 530 staff of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Hospital are currently under quarantine after being exposed to patients who are suspected of having the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Among the personnel affected are consultants, nurses, fellows, residents, and aides, according to a statement issued to The Varsitarian, the official school publication of UST.
“To address the issues brought about by the depleted workforce, we have consolidated several wards in the Private and Clinical Division, temporarily held elective admissions and had to temporarily stop elective procedures in selected units,” the statement read.
The UST Hospital assured the public that it would continue to monitor the situation as it regulates admission into the facility.
Hospital staff and trainees will also go on alternating skeletal duty schedules to limit exposure risks.
As of writing, there are 380 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, including 25 mortalities and 17 recoveries.
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