The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) announced it would further scale down its operations as several of their staff tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
On Wednesday (July 15), the Department of Health (DOH) said contact tracing is currently being conducted.
“So they had to do contact tracing and some of these employees na kasama natin gumagawa sa lab ay na-quarantine sila, (that we work with at the lab are already under quarantine),” said DOH Spokesperson Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire.
The DOH also said that the RITM currently has backlogs due to the amount of specimen being submitted to the laboratory. Vergeire assured that the DOH is coordinating with other laboratories to examine the specimen.
“We are now coordinating with the Philippine Red Cross para iyong backlog na iba ay mapakiusap natin sa kanila. Kapag nag-scale down, hindi ibig sabihin na totally wala gagawin, (so that the backlogs can be given to others. Scaling down does not mean operations have stopped)” she said. AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
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