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MRT-3 TAKES MEASURES TO ADDRESS COVID-19 CASES AMONG MRT-3 DEPOT OFFICE PERSONNEL

By King Al Mendoza on January 27, 2021 under News

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MRT-3 PRESS STATEMENT

27 January 2021

MRT-3 TAKES MEASURES TO ADDRESS COVID-19 CASES AMONG MRT-3 DEPOT OFFICE PERSONNEL

Beginning last week, DOTr-MRT3 Office Personnel at the MRT-3 Depot shifted to a work from home arrangement, with only a limited number of essential Office Personnel reporting physically at the MRT-3 Depot, and only after obtaining a negative RT-PCR swab test result. This is alongside continuing access control in the MRT-3 Depot, with all entering personnel being subjected to health screening prior to entry.

Following an initial reported case of COVID-19 among MRT-3 Depot Office Personnel, all Office Personnel undertook an RT-PCR swab test early last week, which resulted in 33 positive cases as of January 20.

To avoid the risk of further transmission, contact tracing was undertaken soon after the initial reported case, and all MRT-3 Depot Office Personnel shifted to a work from home arrangement.

As of January 27, 3 additional positive cases were reported, leading to a total of 36 cases among DOTr-MRT3 Office Personnel at the MRT-3 Depot.

Meanwhile, there remains zero (0) reported COVID-19 cases among MRT-3 Stations Personnel, and six (6) reported cases among MRT-3's Maintenance Service Provider, Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.All personnel who have tested positive are already in quarantine.

With COVID-19 cases being reported almost entirely from DOTr-MRT3 Office Personnel at the MRT-3 Depot, MRT-3 operations continue, with the continuing observance by Stations Personnel of health and safety procedures intended to address the risk of transmission among the riding public.

These measures include enforcement of limited capacity in trains, wearing of full personal protective equipment (PPE) by Stations Personnel, health screening of entering passengers and Stations Personnel, regular disinfection of trains and facilities, placement of disinfection stations, deployment of transport marshals to ensure observance of health and safety measures, and constant reminders and enforcement of the "7 COMMANDMENTS".

Passengers are reminded to observe these "7 COMMANDMENTS" based on health experts' recommendations: 1) Wear face masks and face shields; 2) No talking and making phone calls; 3) No eating; 4) Keep PUVs well-ventilated; 5) Conduct of frequent disinfection; 6) No symptomatic passengers; and 7) Observe appropriate physical distancing.