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34 medical workers at Marikina hospital get COVID-19

The Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center in Marikina reported on Monday that 34 of its frontline health workers were infected with the coronavirus disease 2019.

According to Maki Pulido's 24 Oras report, the workers, who were currently confined at the hospital's COVID-19 wards, received only one dose of the vaccines against the respiratory disease.

Dr. Blandina Trinidad Ferrera, deputy chief of the hospital's Medical Professional Staff, was alarmed over the coronavirus-hit workers because they only started recording the surge of cases among workers this March.

"Dati dati for a while, kahit isa in ten days wala kaming kaso ng COVID. Nung mid-march , last week actually, nagstart siyang tumaas nang tumaas," she said.

(We did not record positive cases in the past. It is only in mid-March, last week actually, the cases started to rise.)

The Marikina hospital, which has 95 COVID-19 beds, was at full capacity.

Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro meanwhile suggested that all local government units should have a tally of COVID-19 bed vacancies.

"Para sa ganoon kung may pasyente dapat itransport o idala sa ospital, alam natin kung saan siya dadalhin," Teodoro said.

(So that if a patient needs to be transported or hospitalized, we know where the patient could be transferred.) — Consuelo Marquez/DVM, GMA News