Mayor Ernesto Estrao has ordered the temporary closure of the Rural Health Unit and birthing center in Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental, after several of their personnel tested positive for COVID-19.
The two facilities have been closed for disinfection and will reopen Monday, Estrao said Thursday, June 17.
Seven out of 12 newly identified COVID-19 cases in Hinobaan are personnel of the RHU.
The four others are family members who are considered close contacts and one Hinoba-an local government employee.
Estrao said a medical technologist at the RHU was the first to test positive so the rest of the staff were swabbed for COVID-19 tests.
The other RHU and birthing center personnel who tested positive are nurses and midwives, Estrao said.
Contact tracing is underway and more test results are awaited, he said.
Hinoba-an residents who are giving birth will be brought to barangay health centers and others needing medical help can go to the town hospital, Estrao said.*