In a statement sent to the PIA-NCR, Information Officer Mai Lagman of the Office of the Vice President for Public Affairs confirmed confirmed the passing of a 57-year-old female, who died due to COVID-related issues on Wednesday morning.
Lagman said the female employee last reported in campus on July 9 and experienced flu-like symptoms on July 11.
"Her symptoms worsened the following week, which led to her taking a swab test and her confinement at a Manila hospital where she eventually passed away," the officer said.
"On separate occasions, two other employees tested positive for the disease. One has recovered and the other is now recovering while in a hospital. These cases were confirmed at different dates and different locations. There is still no COVID-19 transmission within campus grounds," Lagman added.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the family of the bereaved. Meanwhile, we would like to assure the PLM community that daily disinfection protocols and triage processes are in place to protect our workforce from COVID-19,” said PLM president Emmanuel Leyco, for his part.
Meanwhile, the PLM COVID-19 Task Force, which has been convened prior to the return of employees reporting to work, has conducted immediate and meticulous contact tracing for those who came in contact with the patients. They were advised to isolate themselves for 14 days.
Existing protocols involve disinfecting campus premises every morning and afternoon, while frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs and stairway rails are disinfected every two hours.
With the employee’s passing, University officials have specifically decontaminated her work area ahead of the date of the regular sanitation and procedures.
As PLM prepares for the re-opening of classes on September 3, Lagman said a limited number of PLM employees have been reporting on site since June to sustain essential services. Staff deployment plans are approved weekly to ensure that offices are operating only at limited capacity and strict social distancing is enforced, while the campus remains off-limits to visitors.
"Disinfecting mats, alongside a steady supply of rubbing alcohol and soap and water in comfort rooms, are also in place for regular handwashing and sanitation," Lagman said.
Workers reporting physically must accomplish health declaration forms and are told to stay home if they feel symptoms such as cough, fever, diarrhea, and difficulty in breathing, the officer added. (PIA NCR)
By Nonette N. Castilio