MANILA, Philippines — National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council spokesperson Mark Timbal announced Thursday that some members of the Office of Civil Defense have tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
In a statement, Timbal said the OCD Central Office will be temporarily closed to undergo disinfection until 30 August 2021 but its services will continue via online channels with the staff on a work-from-home scheme.
The 24/7 NDRRMC Operations Center, on the other hand, will continue to provide regular DRRM monitoring and coordination services, Timbal said.
“Salamat po at tuloy pa rin ang aming paglilingkod sa bayan,” he added.
Timbal said that from the total count of 380 employees, 218 have undergone the scheduled reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test on Tuesday (August 24).
As of 7 PM on Thursday, a total of 116 civil defense staff tested positive for COVID19. Of which, 80% are asymptomatic.
Timbal said that the affected OCD employees were immediately transferred to a quarantine facility upon confirmation of the results.
Timbal further said that as of this reporting, he is yet to receive information on the result of NDRRMC Executive Director, Usec. Ricardo Jalad’s RT-PCR test.
“We still have 85 people (including me) whose results are still to be issued. As of 7 pm tonight, we have confirmed 17 people who tested negative. Sana maidagdag ako sa 17 na yun,” he said. —/mbmf