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    DepEd official tests positive for COVID-19

    MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) confirmed today that a schools division official in Mandaluyong City has tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Wednesday, March 25.
    DepEd official tests positive for COVID-19

    In a statement, DepEd said that the patient is confined at a hospital and is now recovering.

    DepEd added that they are now checking on his colleagues with whom he had close contact prior to hospitalization. "None of them has exhibited respiratory symptoms so far."

    DepEd said the patient visited some competition events at the National Festival of Talents (NFOT) in Iligan and also attended National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) in Tuguegarao City.

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    "As he visited some competition events at the NFOT, we also checked on updates of our precautionary home quarantine of NFOT and NSPC delegates.

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    We are nearing the tail-end of the precautionary home quarantine, and overall we have monitored a small number of participants that were classified as PUIs but there is no link that can be established to the patient from Mandaluyong.

    We remain hopeful that we will be able to clear the precautionary period without any further incident, in light of the heightened measures we adopted for the NSPC and NFOT," DepEd said.

    The Education department said they have coordinated with Department of Health (DOH) for the extensive contact tracing. "The DOH will oversee the contact tracing and notification within and outside DepEd following their protocols."

    DepEd said they prioritize safety and health of all the teachers and learners.

    "We fully understand the seriousness of the situation, and our Department is taking the necessary steps for the safety of our learners, teachers, and the public.

    The health and well-being of our teachers and learners being our highest priority, we will monitor the case closely and follow up on any further developments that may arise."

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