Twenty-five workers of a business process outsourcing (BPO) at the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) were infected with the coronavirus disease or Covid19, while 40 workers were placed on quarantine.
Wilma Eisme, SBMA chairman and administrator, revealed the information to warn others not to be relaxed and confident as the virus is still threatening even at this Christmas Season.
“Our health experts here have determined that were it not for the parties that these workers attended, all these hassles of quarantine and work stoppage would not have happened,” Eisma said.
Dr. Solomon Jacalne, head of SBMA’s Public Health and Safety Department, said the spike of coronavirus cases at the still-unnamed company was caused by two parties that the employees attended on Nov. 14.
The first party was at Baloy, a well-known beach in Olongapo City, while the second was at a pool held in San Marcelino, Zambales.
Based on contact tracing showed that the employees who contracted the virus were either attending the parties or were exposed to co-workers who came to the social gatherings.
“Some were not honest with their health declaration,” Jacalne said. “They didn’t say they were sick and they reported for work just the same because of the company’s no-work-no-pay policy.”
The SBMA administration reminded the workers that social interaction remained important even during the pandemic, but it is not yet advisable to have parties with more attendees and overlook the health protocols imposed by the government like wearing face masks, face shields and social distancing.