Manila hospital to temporarily close after staff test positive for COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 4) - Ospital ng Sampaloc in Manila City announced it will temporarily close its doors to the public starting April 4, 2020 until further notice, by order of the City Mayor.

Manila City Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso confirmed that five hospital staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, 14 doctors, eight nurses and seven administrative staffers are now under quarantine.

The mayor said that the temporary closure will provide doctors, nurses, and other frontliners time to recover, while the hospital undergoes complete disinfection.

Manila PIO chief Julius Leonen confirmed that patients still undergoing treatment or resting have been transferred to other city district hopsitals.

"The rest are either already discharged or for discharge," he said in a text message to CNN Philippines.

Leonen said patients for discharge will be moved to other hospitals by the morning of April 5.

In the meantime, patients who seek immediate medical attention or consultation for Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Anesthesiology, and Medico-Legal Clearances may proceed to Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center, Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital and Ospital ng Tondo.

Ospital ng Sampaloc is maintained and operated by the Manila City government.