The University of the Philippines Diliman will be converting its College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) building, or Palma Hall, into an isolation facility for those suspected of having the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.
In a Facebook post last Friday, April 17, the CSSP department announced that the first floor of Palma Hall “will serve as an isolation area for suspected and probable cases of persons with COVID-19” and is already being prepared for this purpose.
Classrooms on the second and third floors may also eventually be used.
As of Sunday, April 19, there are already approximately 100 beds put in place. Tents will soon be set up at the AS Parking Lot for the University Health Service’s swabbing and testing area.
The CSSP department assured the public that they will follow proper health protocols and that they have secured personal protective equipment for the security guards.
Palma Hall will officially begin its operations as an isolation facility on Wednesday, April 22.
Meanwhile, UP has approved the proposal to end the school year early while the Luzon-wide lockdown is still in place.
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