MANILA – The number of active cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) among officers and personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has risen to 85 on Tuesday from 77 on September 22.
In a statement, the PCG said there were 39 new recoveries among its ranks, bringing its total recoveries to 1,531 and zero deaths out of its 1,616 total Covid-19 cases.
To date, it has a total of 21 cases of reinfection of Covid-19 or those who have recovered but have been reinfected with Covid-19.
“As of yesterday, 28 September 2020 – five of whom remain active, while 16 others have successfully recovered for the second and third time of reinfection,” the PCG said.
It said the completion of its exclusive quarantine facility, which was slated to be finished within September and can accommodate up to 224 of its personnel, has been delayed to October 5.
“This facility will allow the PCG Medical Service to better manage the active Covid-19 cases within the organization for their speedy recovery and rehabilitation,” the PCG said.
PCG personnel is active in the front lines through government services such as the ‘free ride for health workers program’ of the Department of Transportation, the maritime transport of locally stranded individuals to their home provinces, among others.
To help protect its personnel, it said PCG frontline workers regularly go through swab testing and are provided with vitamins, personal protective equipment, and other medical supplies.
It also implements strategic deployment to ensure sufficient rest and work breaks, provision of nutritious meals, and the use of UV lights to augment manual disinfection of work stations and living areas of its personnel. (PNA)