3 of them have the Delta variant infection
TACLOBAN CITY- At least 27 medical workers in the region are among patients who continue to battle with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
And three of them were detected to have infected of the highly transmissible Delta variant, Dr. Marc Steven Capungcol, head of the regional surveillance and epidemiology unit of the Department of Health (DOH), said.
Of the three medical workers confirmed to have been infected of the Delta variant of COVID-19, two were from Taft in Eastern Samar and one from Alangalang in Leyte.
And of 27 medical workers whose COVID-19 infection are considered as active, 16 of them were from Leyte; eight from Northern Samar; two from Samar; and one from Southern Leyte.
Since the start of the pandemic, 1,733 medical workers from the region have been infected with COVID-19 of which 1,699 of them have recovered and seven of them died due to COVID-19 complications.
Capungcol said that these medical workers infected of COVID-19 have most likely get the infection from their work places.
Thus, he appealed to the public to strictly follow all the health minimum protocols as their way of helping the medical workers from getting the infection.
“It is most high likely that these medical workers get the COVID-19 from their work stations; from the (patients tested positive for COVID-19),” Capungcol said.
The health official said that they continue to receive report that mass gatherings which are considered to be super spreader of COVID-19.
“If our COVID-19 cases will continue to increase, the more we are exposing our medical workers to infection,” Capungcol said.
He asked the public to report to their office or to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) or at their respective local government units those who continue to stage mass gatherings.
The region, as reported by DOH on Monday, has 143 new cases, bringing its total cases to 44,240 of which 41,723 have recovered.
About 2,032 are considered as active and 485 deaths.
(JOEY A. GABIETA)