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DOH reminds hospitals: Refer mild COVID-19 cases to treatment centers

Jul 08, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire says hospitals should help facilitate transfers of mild coronavirus cases to treatment centers, not just refuse to admit them

MANAGING PATIENTS. Health workers prep test kits before testing suspected COVID-19 patients in Sta. Ana Hospital in Manila on April 17, 2020. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

11 Metro Manila hospitals report COVID-19 ICU beds now full

Jul 06, 2020 - 9:35 PM

The Department of Health orders hospitals to increase the number of beds dedicated to coronavirus patients following the growing number of cases

CASES RISE. A barangay worker disinfect the streets of Barangay 60 in Tondo, Manila after it was placed under hard lockdown due to increasing number of COVID19 cases as health workers conduct rapid testing and swab tests to residents on June 19,2020.  Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

As coronavirus cases rise, DOH reiterates: Stay home, follow health protocols

Jul 06, 2020 - 11:18 AM

While the nation tries to adjust to the virus, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire stresses it is important the public continues to follow basics like frequent hand washing and wearing a mask

HEALTH PROTOCOLS. Traffic enforcers remind commuters along Commonwealth Avenue, QC to practice physical distancing, during the morning rush hour on Monday, June 22, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH: Testing of those without symptoms 'not cost-effective' for now

May 20, 2020 - 3:10 PM

Laboratories are already 'choking' and existing resources are very limited, says Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire

COVID-19 TESTING. Police officers along with other front line workers undergo mass testing at the San Juan Elementary School on May 12, 2020. File photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Social distancing 'per family' at Typhoon Ambo evacuation centers

May 14, 2020 - 3:15 PM

As the first typhoon hits the Philippines amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials say families should stay at least one meter apart from other families at evacuation centers

EVACUATION CENTER. In this file photo, families stay in tents inside an evacuation center in Tanauan City, Batangas, during the eruption of Taal Volcano in January 2020. File photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

DOH claims PH is 'flattening curve' based on positivity rate

May 08, 2020 - 7:17 PM

The country reports a 10% positivity rate, a WHO benchmark, even as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to grow

SWABBING. Members of the Northern Police District undergo swab testing for possible COVID-19 infection at the People's Park in Caloocan City on May 6, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOH to those manning checkpoints: Physicians and doctors are the same

Apr 23, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Doctors have been held at checkpoints because their government licensure IDs show the word ‘physician’

‘Doubling time’ of PH coronavirus cases slows to average of 5 days – DOH

Apr 21, 2020 - 7:20 PM

The coronavirus can be a 'traitor,' and Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire reminds everyone to continue practicing physical distancing and stringent personal hygiene

SAMPLES. Health workers inside a tent clinic in Mandaluyong City collect specimen samples for COVID-19 testing on April 16, 2020,. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH requests purchase of P1.3 billion worth of ventilators

Apr 20, 2020 - 9:26 PM

There are currently 1,263 ventilators in hospitals across the country

TREATMENT. East Avenue Medical Center health workers, push a man suspected to have COVID-19 into an isolation tent for treatment on April 12, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Worst case scenario? Pandemic may last until 2021 if no intervention – DOH

Apr 13, 2020 - 3:39 PM

The department's estimation is based on studies of scientists and mathematicians, says Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire

PROTECTION. People wear face mask for protection against coronavirus. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Meet 4 women on the frontlines of PH's battle vs the coronavirus

Mar 30, 2020 - 9:55 PM

As Women's Month closes, we put the spotlight on RITM's Dr Celia Carlos, DOH's Maria Rosario Vergeire, Xavier University's Dr Analyn Asok, and PGH COVID nurse Kathlyn Valdez

PH seeks help of Chinese experts to aid coronavirus response

Mar 30, 2020 - 4:41 PM

(UPDATED) Chinese doctors and public health experts will form part of an advisory group expected to share insights on addressing the novel coronavirus outbreak

FRONTLINE. In this photo, medical staff wearing protective clothing to protect against the deadly novel coronavirus as they work at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan on January 25, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

DOH: Released patients do not need another test if vital signs normal

Mar 24, 2020 - 7:25 PM

The Department of Health, however, says that the patient will be put under a 14-day home quarantine after release

Nurses from the Ospital ng Parañaque show to members of the media On February 5, some equipment they prepared, including a quarantine tent, as precautionary measures in case a Patient Under Investigation (PUI) of the Novel Coronavirua Acute Respiratory Disease is brought to their facility. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases now at 552

Mar 24, 2020 - 10:46 AM

(UPDATED) The coronavirus death toll in the Philippines climbs to 35

Commuters, hoping to leave Manila before the travel ban, flock to a bus terminal in Cubao, Quezon City on Friday, March 13, 2020. President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Thursday on the community quarantine in Metro Manila that will begin on March 15, 2020.

DOH not recommending use of rapid test kits for coronavirus

Mar 23, 2020 - 2:35 PM

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire says such tests don't always produce accurate findings

LIMITED OPTIONS. Commuters, hoping to leave Manila before the travel ban, flock to a bus terminal in Cubao, Quezon City on Friday, March 13, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Philippines coronavirus cases rise to 462, death toll hits 33

Mar 23, 2020 - 1:03 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Health reports 82 new coronavirus cases and 8 additional deaths on Monday, March 23

CASES RISE. A crowd of commuters along Ayala Avenue in Makati City on March 16, 2020, find it difficult to get a ride due to the implementation of social distancing on public transportation. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PH confirms 73 new coronavirus cases

Mar 22, 2020 - 10:57 AM

(UPDATED) The total is now at 380, as of Saturday night, March 21, from the 307 announced earlier that day

CASES RISE. City workers wearing protective suits disinfect a street, as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Manila on March 19, 2020. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

PH coronavirus cases rise to 307; deaths now at 19

Mar 21, 2020 - 1:21 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Health also announced that 5 more people –including elderly patients – have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 13

CLEANUP. Quezon City Health workers disinfect public areas in District 1, home of the city's first coronavirus case. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases rise to 230; fatalities now at 18

Mar 20, 2020 - 4:53 PM

(UPDATED) The total number of recoveries stays at 8 as of 12 pm Friday, March 20

LOCKDOWN DUE TO OUTBREAK. Commuters flock to a bus terminal in Cubao, Quezon City on March 13, 2020 before the entire island of Luzon was placed on Lockdown. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Coronavirus mass testing not needed for now – DOH

Mar 20, 2020 - 2:29 PM

The Philippines has long been struggling with a severe lack of test kits, compounded by growing global demand due to the COVID-19 outbreak

NO SOCIAL DISTANCING. Vehicles pile up at the boundary of Metro Manila and Rizal Province along Marcos Highway corner Felix Avenue during the rush hour on March 16, 2020 during the Luzon-wide lockdown. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

DOH admits PH health care system 'challenged' by virus testing demand

Mar 20, 2020 - 12:55 PM

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire says this is the reason why it's taking a week or longer for COVID-19 test results to come out

CONTAINING AN OUTBREAK. A doctor inspects an insolation tent for COVID-19 patients in the Quezon City General Hospital on March 12, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

No proven cure yet for coronavirus, DOH reminds public

Mar 18, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Scientists all over the world are also still developing a vaccine against COVID-19

NO CURE YET. Quezon City General Hospital health workers prepare the isolation tent for person under investigation for COVID-19 on March 10, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH, experts say PH coronavirus cases could reach 75,000 by June if not contained

Mar 18, 2020 - 12:56 PM

But DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire says it's possible to spread out this estimate into 'many months' if stringent measures, like social distancing, are enforced

FIGHTING COVID-19. Passengers observing one-seat apart or social distancing policy, gets their temperature checked by a police officer at a checkpoint in Muntinlupa City on March 15, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

‘No right to resist’ quarantine under state of public health emergency – DOH

Mar 09, 2020 - 8:40 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to soon issue an Executive Order formally declaring a state of public health emergency due to the novel coronavirus

QUARANTINE. Security personnel check on the isolation rooms intended for patients under investigation for the novel coronavirus at the newly opened Manila Infectious Disease Control Center at the Sta. Ana Hospital in Manila on March 8, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

40 Filipinos from cruise ship in Japan recover from coronavirus

Mar 04, 2020 - 2:10 PM

Of the 40 Filipinos who recovered, 21 are back in the Philippines and required to undergo a 14-day home quarantine period

VIRUS-HIT SHIP. A Japanese Self-Defense Forces Health Corps vehicle enters a cordoned-off area at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal where the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship was anchored in Yokohama on February 7, 2020. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

DOH won't 'let guard down' even as admitted PUIs for coronavirus down to 43

Mar 02, 2020 - 2:30 PM

Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire says officials remain prepared, as the World Health Organization raised its global risk assessment for the novel coronavirus to the maximum level

COPING WITH CORONAVIRUS. Visitors at the Manila Chinatown in Binondo on wear medical masks amid the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Filipino crew of Japan cruise ship infected with coronavirus now at 59

Feb 24, 2020 - 12:57 PM

(UPDATED) These 52 cases, including two who have recovered, will not be joining the more than 400 Filiipinos who will be repatriated sometime this week

QUARANTINED. A bus drives through dockside past the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which is in quarantine in the port of Yokohama, Japan due to fears of possible COVID-19 infection File photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Filipino repatriates from Wuhan going home after showing no COVID-19 symptoms

Feb 21, 2020 - 4:58 PM

The 10 government personnel who were part of the repatriation team, 6 flight crew members, and 3 ground crew operators will also complete their 14-day quarantine on February 22

QUARANTINE ENDING. DOH Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire gives updates on the status of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines on February 21, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

49 quarantined Filipinos in New Clark City show no symptoms so far

Feb 17, 2020 - 5:05 PM

The Department of Health says the Filipinos repatriated from the Chinese province of Hubei are being monitored twice a day in the quarantine facility

STILL QUARANTINED. 30 Filipinos who worked in Hubei, China return to the Philippines on February 9, 2020 and are currently undergoing a 14-day quarantine due to the novel coronavirus scare. File photo from DFA

DOH stays 'vigilant' even with admitted PUIs for coronavirus down to 171

Feb 17, 2020 - 2:45 PM

The Department of Health records a total of 521 persons under investigation for the novel coronavirus, but 350 have already been discharged from health facilities

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES. DOH Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire gives updates on the status of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines on February 17, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler