Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila records first COVID-19 death

PLM said that the 57-year-old employee last went to the campus on July 9, and experienced flu-like symptoms on July 11

The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) confirmed its first COVID-19 death – a 57-year-old employee who died on Wednesday, July 22.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family of the bereaved,” PLM President Emmanuel Leyco said in a press statement on Thursday, July 23.

“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,” he added.

PLM said  that the employee last went to the campus on July 9, and experienced flu-like symptoms on July 11. After her symptoms worsened, she took a swab test the following week and was confined in a hospital in Manila where she eventually died.

PLM said two other employees had earlier tested positive for COVID-19. One of them has recovered while the other is still recuperating in a hospital.

“These cases were confirmed at different dates and different locations. There is still no COVID-19 transmission within campus grounds,” PLM said.

It added that the PLM COVID-19 Task Force has conducted contact tracing for those who came in contact with the patients, and advised them to self-quarantine for 14 days.

PLM said a “limited number” of employees have been reporting to work on site since June as the university prepares for the reopening of classes on September 3.

PLM said workers who are supposed to go to the campus are required to fill up health declaration forms and are told to stay at home if they feel feel symptoms such as cough, fever, diarrhea, and difficulty in breathing.

PLM said the campus premises are disinfected ever morning and afternoon, while high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs and stairway rails are disinfected every two hours. It also has disinfecting mats and rubbing alcohol and soap and water in toilets. –