MANILA, Philippines — A COVID-19 outbreak has been reported at a seminary in Quezon City, the local government said on Tuesday.
In a statement, the City’s Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (QCESU) said the recent outbreak was reported at Christ the King Mission Seminary, where almost half of its population has been infected.
CESU Chief Dr. Rolando Cruz said the facility has a population of 59 individuals –25 tested positive for the virus while 34 were negative.
“The positive cases were composed of nine priests and 16 employees,” Cruz said.
“As of September 18, eleven of these positive cases have recovered, 13 remain active, and one has succumbed to COVID,” he added.
The casualty was reported to have been a priest who was one of two index cases recorded on September 3, the city government said.
The city government said it has sent medicines, vitamins, hygiene kits, facemasks, alcohol, soap, rice, and food packs among others to the facility.
Cruz said that only the seminary’s Villa Cristo Rey and Fininman Building were placed under Special Concern Lockdown (SCL) since September 18.
This brings the total number of religious facilities under lockdown to four. The other three are the following: Stella Maris Convent (since September 10), Religious of the Virgin Mary (September 14), and Convent of the Holy Spirit (September 15).
Meanwhile, the Quezon City government said it has started creating a set of guidelines on ventilation for buildings and workplaces to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19.
“We will send these guidelines to building administrators in the city so they will learn how to better retrofit their facilities and make these more resistant to virus transmission,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said.