NY Philippine Consulate temporarily suspends services; staff member who tested positive for COVID-19 recovering

NEW YORK — It’s been a week the Philippine Consulate General in New York went on mandatory lockdown after an employee tested positive for COVID 19 — no other employee there has tested positive since.

The Consulate general in New York continues its with 14-day mandatory lockdown after one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19 on March 12.

After its immediate closure, Deputy Consul General Kerwin Tate said, all PCGNY employees were instructed to self-isolate in their own homes including the unnamed COVID positive employee.

Tate said, the state of New York is no longer conducting contact tracing in the building, and has gone beyond that point — with a big number of COVID-19 cases in the area to deal with.

But Tate reminded those who had business transactions with the consulate around March 12 to presume that they have been exposed to the virus, and to observe sanitation and social distancing procedures.

“We have moved from containment to mitigation so we are now moving on to measure that hopefully that will control the spread of the virus or lessen the spread of the virus in the NY area. This will require an effort in everybody’s part.”

Tate said none of their other officers and staff have shown any coronavirus symptoms – since that March 12 incident.

Tate said, there are now more than 1,357 positive cases of COVID-19 in the ten states covered by the PCGNY area.

Meanwhile, consular services such as passport applications and renewals, as well as securing visas, have been temporarily suspended until further notice.

While the Philippine foreign office remains under mandatory self-containment in New York, here’s what you can do to receive the consular services you need.

The Philippine Embassy in Washington DC. can be reached via email consular@phembassy-us.org, or for consular emergencies call 1-202-368-2767.

For true emergencies in New York, call the number 917.294.0196.

All events in the PCGY are still canceled or suspended until further notice, and Tate said, the consulate building may re-open on March 27th.

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