THE Mandaue City Central School will continue to serve as a quarantine facility even though the Department of Education (DepEd) has advised the City Government to pull out after July 30, 2020.
John Eddu Ibañez, Mayor Jonas Cortes’ executive secretary, said they already discussed it with DepEd Mandaue Division Supt. Nimfa Bongo.
He said only four schools remain as isolation facilities as they’ve pulled out from five public schools.
Bongo, in a text message, said the matter will be finalized during the local school board virtual meeting on Wednesday, July 22.
Bongo said the City has yet to send a formal request regarding the continuous use of the Mandaue City Central School.
Once the City submits the formal request, Bongo said they will forward it to the regional office.
Ibañez said the Mandaue City Central School is an ideal place to house the city’s growing number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients since it can accommodate up to 1,700 patients.
A total of 280 Covid-19 patients who were housed at the Mandaue City Central School have since recovered. The school is currently home to more than 100 Covid-19 patients in isolation.
Meanwhile, Ibañez said the Norkis Park and the Cebu Bus North Terminal (CNBT) will serve as new isolation centers.
He said the Department of Public Works and Highways 7 will fund the isolation center project.
Since they will be using modular equipment and existing buildings on two locations, the new isolation facilities will have a short construction period, he said.
Once the two isolation facilities are finished, Ibañez said the Norkis park will accommodate patients who are asymptomatic, while the CNBT will accommodate patients with mild symptoms to moderate symptoms. (KFD)