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San Juan City plans to convert the city’s science high school into facility for persons under investigation (PUI) of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

“The still unused building of the San Juan City Science High School will be converted into 100-bed isolation facility for PUIs and as a staging area prior to admission to San Juan Medical Center once confirmed positive for COVID-19,” Mayor Francis Zamora said.

The creation of the overflow quarantine facility, he said, will be in partnership with Xavier School, under its “Kalinga Kontra Korona” initiative led by the Alumni Association of Xavier School (AAXS).

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The Xavier Community through Xavier School will provide hospital beds, mobile xa-rays, medical supplies, medicines, medical and other frontline personnel, as well as food, water and other necessities for the manpower in the facility.

For its part, the city government will make the said school building available for use as quarantine facility, provide manpower such as security guards, janitors and other maintenance staff, provide utilities such as water and electricity, and augment medical personnel should need arises.

Zamora and Ret. Gen. Dr. Joseph Acosta, medical director of San Juan Medical Center in consultation with Dr. Corazon Flores, regional director of the Department of Health in the National Capital Region decided to open the San Juan Medical Center, a primary healthcare facility, to COVID-19 patients after secondary and tertiary hospitals exceeded maximum capacity.

“We took it upon ourselves to help in any way we can in reducing the burden of secondary and tertiary hospitals in fighting COVID-19,” Zamora said.

As of March 27, there are 69 confirmed COVID-19 cases in San Juan, 109 persons under investigation (PUIs), and 239 persons under monitoring (PUMs).


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