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DepEd official tests positive for COVID-19

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The Schools Division Official in Mandaluyong City has tested positive for COVID-19. This was confirmed by the Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday, March 26, 2020

It was confirmed that the patient has tested positive for the disease and “was present” in Tuguegarao for the duration of DepEd’s two recent national events.

Before the declaration of community quarantine in Metro Manila, the DepEd decided to proceed with the conduct of the National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan and the 2020 National Festival of Talents (NFOT) in Ilagan City, Isabela last March 9 to 13 “since the participants are already at the venue.”

According to DepEd Secretary Leonor M. Briones, they are still gathering information on the patient. “We are verifying the nature of his presence in NFOT/NSPC because he is not part of the official delegation,” she said.

Briones explained that “some DepEd employees attend national events on their own for various reasons” and “this person is an example.”

Earlier, an advisory from the Mandaluyong City Schools Division Office (SDO) went viral, saying that the male DepEd official who tested positive is an Education Program Supervisor for Filipino. His COVID-19 test result was released on March 25. According to the same advisory, the patient “has been confined in the Lung Center of the Philippines since March 15” and he is currently placed “in an isolation room.”

In the same advisory, the patient has been reportedly “cured of pneumonia although occasionally experiencing difficulty in breathing.” Overall, the SDO said, “he is recovering.”

Everyone who “had direct contact” with the patient is considered a person under monitoring (PUM) since the patient’s travel history includes his travel to and from Tuguegarao City and Ilagan City from March 9 to 12. PUM were advised to practice “self-quarantine” and report to their respective local government unit for guidance.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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