Mild symptomatics and asymptomatics told: Choose isolation centers over hospitals

CEBU CITY, Philippines —  The continuous rise in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the city is alarming the Cebu City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) not because there has been a rise in critical cases, but because there has been a rise in hospital occupancy. The occupancy rate is now almost 50 percent in […] The post Mild symptomatics and asymptomatics told: Choose isolation centers over hospitals appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerFeb 24th, 2021

Go seeks more ICU, modular hospitals

I laud the continuing efforts of the government to provide more isolation facilities for people with mild and moderate Covid-19 cases, however, the need for more facilities that can handle severe and critical conditions must also be considered. The post Go seeks more ICU, modular hospitals appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 15th, 2021

DOH to decongest hospitals by 40%

To decongest 30 to 40 percent of COVID-19 beds in National Capital Region Plus area hospitals, the Department of Health is eyeing the transfer of mild or asymptomatic patients from hospitals to isolation facilities......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 5th, 2021

No home isolation for asymptomatics

Home quarantine will no longer be allowed for mild and asymptomatic COVID-19 patients, except under certain conditions. Instead, they will be required to undergo quarantine in facilities accredited by the Department of Health and local government units......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 25th, 2020

Villanueva renews call to lift deployment ban on health workers

"There is no doubt that our healthcare workers will choose to stay and serve in our health centers and hospitals if they can be assured of job security and sufficient salaries and benefits," Villanueva said in Filipino......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 16th, 2020

Hospitals told to refer mild, asymptomatic COVID-19 patients to temporary facilities

The country has been seeing a renewed spike in virus infections as the government further eased quarantine measures and allowed more industries to reopen......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 8th, 2020

From Hopkinton to Boston, marathon absence is seen and felt

By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer HOPKINTON, Mass. (AP) — “It All Starts Here.” The motto is bannered on the Hopkinton website, laid into the floor of the Marathon Elementary School, painted on a sign that sends Boston Marathon participants off on their way to Copley Square. Since 1924, this 300-year-old town serendipitously located 26.2 miles west of Boston has been the starting line for the world’s most prestigious road race and, like Marathon and Athens themselves, the two are enduringly linked. “It gets stronger and stronger every year, this relationship,” said Tim Kilduff, a longtime Hopkinton resident and former Boston Marathon race director. “We see it as: The spirit of the marathon resides in Hopkinton, and we lend it out one day a year.” From the starting line in this leafy Colonial town to the finish on Boylston Street, residents and runners are preparing for a spring without the Boston Marathon — the first in 124 years. Organizers and authorities have postponed the race originally scheduled for Monday until Sept. 14 because of the coronavirus pandemic, stripping the streets of brightly colored singlets and opening a gap in the sporting schedule for runners from all over the world. “Tradition’s an overused word. But this really is a rite of spring,” Kilduff said. “So this year it will lead into a beautiful fall season in New England.” ___ On a regular marathon weekend, Hopkinton triples in size from its 16,000 residents to absorb a field of more than 30,000 runners, wheelchair racers and hand cyclists. The Town Common teems with people, along with food carts and other vendors serving both tourists and race participants previewing the course. But while others may think of Hopkinton only on the third Monday in April, the marathon and its essence permeates the town all year. Residents drive over the starting line painted on Main Street on their way to work or to concerts at the gazebo. An International Marathon Center is planned for the town, a sister city of Marathon, Greece, where the long-running tradition was birthed. There are three marathon-related statues in Hopkinton, including “The Starter,” which stands at the starting line, pistol raised, ready to send the field off for another race to Boston’s Back Bay. These days, his face is covered with a cloth mask. “This is not the NBA or baseball or the NFL. This is ours,” said Kilduff, who was the race director in 1983-84, ran the marathon in 1985 and for the last 33 years has been a spotter on the truck that leads the men’s field to the finish line. “Anybody who has run the race, volunteered for the race, supported the race, feels that they own a part of the race. They own just a little bit. So it’s ours,” he said. “The Boston Marathon is almost bigger than itself in the emotion it elicits, and the respect that people have for it.” ___ Training for a marathon can be a solitary endeavor, but the event itself is a social distancing calamity. Participants crowd into corrals to wait for the start, then run in packs to minimize air resistance. Volunteers hand out water on the course and medals at the finish. Fans and family are waiting with high fives or hugs. At Wellesley College, where the cheering is so loud it is known as the Scream Tunnel, students traditionally wave signs encouraging the runners to stop for a kiss. It’s hard to imagine this custom — already a relic of another era — surviving post-pandemic. “A lot of the signs are jokes about kissing. That’s part of the tradition, too,” said Erin Kelly, a senior who returned home to San Diego when the campus closed. “The marathon is just a big part of Wellesley’s culture. I was looking forward to seeing it as a student one last time.” ___ Oncologist Amy Comander decided to run the Boston Marathon in 2013, when colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital treated many of those injured when two pressure-cooker bombs exploded at the finish line. “I just told myself: You’re running next year. And I did,” she said. And every year since. After starting work at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, right around the Mile 16 marker, Comander has used it as a base for her training runs. During the race itself, the sight of coworkers, friends and even patients out front cheering her on gives her a boost of energy right when she needs it: just before making the turn toward Heartbreak Hill. “I see it as a true privilege that I can go to work and I’m on the marathon course," Comander said. “You’re talking to someone who truly loves everything about the Boston Marathon." Comander is registered to run for her seventh year in a row, this time to raise money for cancer survivors and their families; she is still determined to do so in September. But on Monday, she will be caring for cancer patients, a task more stressful because of the danger the coronavirus poses to their weakened immune systems. “I will be a little sad,” said Comander, who plans to take a break from the clinic to get in an 8-mile run — but not on the course, per the request of authorities concerned about crowds. “I feel like I need to do that for myself.” ___ The daffodils are in bloom now from Hopkinton Green to Copley Square and all along the 26.2-mile route in between. Thousands of the bright yellow flowers were planted after the 2013 bombing as a symbol of rebirth and resilience, and they have the benefit of blossoming in mid-April — right around Patriots' Day — to cheer the runners along. Thousands more potted daffodils have decorated the course each year since the explosions at the finish line that killed three people and wounded more than 180 others. With the state holiday and the race postponed until the fall, the blooms will have long since withered. Instead, many of the flowers grown to decorate the course were placed outside of hospitals to thank health care staffers for working through the pandemic. Outside Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, just down the road from the 1 Mile To Go marker in Kenmore Square, the flowers were arranged in a heart. A sign encouraged workers to take a plant home. ___ Just a few steps from the finish line, the Marathon Sports shoe store on Boylston Street gets especially busy over the weekend leading up to the race, when tens of thousands of runners descend on the Back Bay. Things typically cool off on Monday, giving the staff a chance to pop out and cheer the finishers. "We don’t have any official party," said Dan Darcy, the chain’s marketing director. “It’s really just a celebration of the runners that day." Marathon participants are easily recognizable after the race: There is the medal around their neck, of course, and a mylar warming blanket draped around their shoulders if the weather is cold. Often their bib number is still pinned to their chest. “If we have any runners coming through our doors on Marathon Monday, I can tell you they’ll be recognized and they’ll hear the support from our staff,” Darcy said in a telephone interview from Fairbanks, Alaska, where he is working remotely. Marathon Sports has been a reluctant landmark since the first of the two bombs exploded outside its window at 2:49 p.m. on April 15, 2013. Darcy was watching the race from a different spot that day and tried unsuccessfully for hours to get in touch with his coworkers. A few were injured; others turned the store into a field hospital, treating the wounded until trained first responders could arrive. A memorial stands on the sidewalk outside to the three killed in the explosions and the two police officers who died in the ensuing manhunt, which shut down the city and surrounding area for much of the week. The store reopened about two weeks later. Now it’s closed again. “We are going to be encouraging runners to go out and get a run in on their own, keeping the social distancing, but not to run the race route itself,” Darcy said. “We’re not able to do any sort of celebration.” ___ Last month, as Americans began to isolate indoors and one sporting event after another was canceled, the Boston Athletic Association sacrificed its spring start in the hopes of keeping its 124-year tradition alive. Since the first edition in 1897, the race had always coincided with the state holiday of Patriots' Day that commemorates the first shots in the Revolutionary War. As the snow melts in New England, the course becomes increasingly populated with joggers emerging from a winter indoors to get in their training runs. To Kilduff, this year's fall race will be an opportunity to come out of a different kind of isolation. “You know what happened in the year after the bombing: There’s going to be this huge buildup of pent-up energy. And it’s going to be exhibited on the course,” he said. "It’s going to create a brand new chapter in the history of the Boston Marathon. "I’m excited as hell about this.” ___ Jimmy Golen has covered the Boston Marathon for The Associated Press since 1995......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 20th, 2020

SMC, AFP build isolation facilities

San Miguel Corporation is building 10 emergency quarantine facilities near military hospitals to house personnel who have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, but have mild or no symptoms......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 14th, 2020

Ninoy Aquino Stadium ready to accept COVID-19 patients

The converted Ninoy Aquino Stadium inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex will be ready to accept coronavirus (COVID-19)-positive patients this week. Just five days after transforming the sports arena into a quarantine center, the 112-bed NAS facility will open its doors to patients with mild symptoms and those who are asymptomatic starting Wednesday, April 8, as announced by the Department of Health.  Bases Conversion and Development Authority President and CEO and Presidential Adviser for Flagship Programs and Projects Vince Dizon said that patients in NAS, and other converted quarantine facilities, the Philippine International Convention Center and the World Trade, Center will all have air-conditioned cubicles with plug-in outlets, free food for patients and the medical staff, free internet connection, and round-the-clock medical assistance.   “In these facilities, there will be 24/7 medical care given by the medical professionals…For the Ninoy Aquino [stadium], the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Corps will be taking care of our patients. There’s going to be free food for all our patients and our staff—the nurses and the doctors,” Dizon said.   The PICC will have 294 beds, and the World Trade Center will have 502 beds. The Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan may also be transformed into a quarantine facility as well. “The idea is really twofold: we need these quarantine centers because we want to be able to move Covid-positive patients from their communities into facilities such as this. This was also done in other countries as well, but even equally important is we have to help our hospitals decongest, and allow more hospital beds to be used by more severe patients with Covid-19,” Dizon added. Meanwhile, the Philippine Sports Commission in a memo released on Monday urged all national sports associations to closely monitor the activities of their athletes and coaches to ensure their welfare and well-being. The government’s sports body also reminded all athletes and coaches to follow the enhanced community quarantine guidelines of social distancing, staying at home and proper hygiene......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 6th, 2020

Gatchalian urges LGUS to set up isolation facilities

SEN. Sherwin Gatchalian has urged all local government units (LGUs) to set up makeshift hospitals where patients with mild symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) can be isolated to contain the spread of the pandemic. The senator said that schools, dormitories and hotels can be utilized as isolation areas. Gatchalian proposed that these temporary facilities […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 29th, 2020

Davao City opens three centers for PUIs with mild symptoms

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 March) – The city government has opened three centers where persons under investigation (PUIs) for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) can go to for isolation. The three centers – the Malagos Rehabilitation Center, La Vida Hotel and the Alternative Learning School (ALS) beside People’s Park – have passed the final […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMar 29th, 2020

Health security

If the government wants COVID patients to opt for home isolation as much as possible to decongest hospitals, two things must be made widely accessible......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 8th, 2021

Mobile tents eyed for isolation, ICU beds with more hospitals at full capacity

Mobile tents as isolation or ICU facilities will be built with more hospitals reaching full capacity for COVID-19 patients, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Monday. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 5th, 2021

Gov’t to relocate mild COVID-19 cases in hospitals

Gov’t to relocate mild COVID-19 cases in hospitals.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsApr 5th, 2021

Schools being prepped as isolation centers

Public and private schools in Metro Manila are being prepared to serve as isolation centers, the Philippine Red Cross reported yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 4th, 2021

More asymptomatic patients in hospitals prompt DOH-7’s call for more ‘hotel-isolation’ rooms

  CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) is pushing for more hotels here to house asymptomatic patients if it means preventing the hospitals from being overwhelmed by patients. DOH-7 on Monday, February 22, announced they registered a slight increase in the critical care utilization rate of public and private […] The post More asymptomatic patients in hospitals prompt DOH-7’s call for more ‘hotel-isolation’ rooms appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2021

Mandaue to reopen 2 isolation centers if COVID-19 cases continue to rise

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines – The Mandaue City government will reactivate its two isolation units if the city’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases will continue to rise. For the past days, the city has logged double-digits of new COVID-19 cases. Yesterday, February 18, the city recorded 60 new cases of the virus. The Norkis Park Isolation […] The post Mandaue to reopen 2 isolation centers if COVID-19 cases continue to rise appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2021

As infections continue to rise, 6 Cebu City businesses ‘voluntarily close’

CEBU CITY, Philippines — At least six business establishments in Cebu City have voluntarily suspended their operations last week, local health authorities here announced. Councilor Joel Garganera, who heads the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), told reporters in a message that six businesses temporarily closed to give way to disinfection and isolation of close contacts […] The post As infections continue to rise, 6 Cebu City businesses ‘voluntarily close’ appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2021

Cebu City to open 8 more BICs amid rising COVID-19 cases

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City will be opening additional eight barangay isolation centers (BICs) amid the rise of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases which has reached 1,613 on February 2, 2021. In view of this, the Emergency Operations Center will be opening more isolation centers since most of the new cases are asymptomatic. […] The post Cebu City to open 8 more BICs amid rising COVID-19 cases appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2021

Bontoc upgrades isolation centers’ capacity

The provincial government pledged to pay the monthly rent inclusive of water and electricity charges for two months. The post Bontoc upgrades isolation centers’ capacity appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2021

Barangay Isolation Centers being prepared as Cebu City cases rise

  CEBU CITY, Philippines—Three barangay isolation centers (BICs) have been prepared by the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) here as the number of cases of COVID-19  continues to rise.  As of January 18, 2021, the city has 618 active cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) from 50 barangays.  This has prompted calls for the preparation […] The post Barangay Isolation Centers being prepared as Cebu City cases rise appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2021