Two nurses at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, vaccinated with their first Sinovac dose, have tested positive for COVID-19, Dr. Julius Drilon, CLMMRH chief, confirmed Monday, March 22.
One nurse works at the operating room and the other at the emergency room, he said.
Drilon said 85 percent of the CLMMRH staff have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines.
“Those who have been vaccinated can still be infected with COVID-19 if they are not careful, but will not suffer moderate to severe effects, they will not die”, Drilon said.
As of Monday, the CLMMRH had seven admitted COVID-19 patients, and two health care workers, Drilon said.
The nurses got the virus outside of their workplace, Dr. Chris Sorongon, City Emergency Operations Centers deputy for medical data and analysis, said.
“We can rule out the possibility that there was a breach in the infection control of CLMMRH. The infection control of the hospital is good,” he said.
Sorongon said the two nurses, who are asymptomatic, were detected to have the virus during the hospital’s regular surveillance testing of its personnel, which is done every two weeks.
Six out of seven members of a family in Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod, also tested positive for COVID-19 Monday, Sorongon said.
These are local transmission cases, he said.
Drilon reiterated his call for the city government to be more aggressive in its COVID-19 contact tracing.
Bacolod City could have more COVID-19 cases than what has been reported, he said.
The city government is aggressively conducting contact tracing and targeted surveillance testing to prevent the spread of the virus, Sorongon assured.
“We are very much alarmed with the number of cases recorded today (March 22) in Metro Manila, they already reached 8,000 plus cases,” he said.
The Bacolod City government is not letting its guard down, “we are being watchful and cautious,” he said
The public should practice minimum health protocols and stay home to help prevent the spread of the virus.
People should also hold off parties, excursions, seminars, and other mass gatherings in the next two weeks, he said.*