COVID-19 cases in Batasan mount

THE House of Representatives is enforcing stricter health protocols inside the Batasaan Complex after additional coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases were reported.

Another three employees tested positive for COVID-19 bringing the total to 50.

The first victim is a Congressional staffer who last reported for work on June 16.

The second is from the Plenary Support Service who last reported for work on August 5.

The third is a Congressional employee who reported for work on August 17 and 18. She had no close contact to any confirmed case.

The House Secretary General Office said the first two are asymptomatic and under home quarantine.

For the third case, contact tracing is underway

And because of the increasing number of cases, the House set stricter guidelines to avoid the spread of the virus.

Employees can physically report only when necessary. At present work from home and skeletal workforce is being enforced.

Staff were reminded not to physically report for work when experiencing or have experienced any of the COVID-19 symptoms within the last 14 days.

“When in doubt, assume the COVID-19 like symptom to be COVID-19,” the guidelines said.

“Assume that everyone including oneself is COVID-19 positive, so take extra precautions whenever there is physical interaction,” it added.

Violators of  health and safety protocols shall be penalized.