A key health official in Negros Oriental appealed yesterday for people to stay home as the coronavirus disease 2019 cases surged anew, with 108 new positive infections reported.
The new cases brought the total number of active infections to 417, as of May 7, Assistant Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Liland Estacion, who is the Covid-19 incident commander of the province’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, said in a virtual press briefing.
The 108 new infections are based on results released by the Negros Oriental Provincial Molecular Laboratory for May 4 and 5, Estacion said.
The results for May 6 are still being consolidated, she added.
Estacion described the spike in cases as “alarming”, even as 61 new recoveries were also reported.
“Please, please, I beg of you. Stay at home as much as possible. And always observe basic health protocols because the surge is real,” she said in mixed English and Cebuano dialect.
Estacion added that the bed capacity for Covid-19 in hospitals is nearing full occupancy, with Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital in full capacity, Silliman University Medical Center – 78 percent, Holy Child Hospital – 70 percent, Ace Dumaguete Doctors Hospital – 86 percent, and the Negros Polymedic Hospital at 41 percent.
The total caseload of Negros Oriental is 2,712, broken down into 2,223 recoveries, 417 active positive cases, and 72 mortalities, she said.
She warned people against large gatherings, especially during the Mother’s Day celebration on Sunday, and said that families can just celebrate at home to avoid the spread of the contagion.
Meanwhile, a blackout is scheduled from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in many towns and cities under the coverage of the Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative II on Sunday, and authorities are once more anticipating people flocking to the beaches, mountains, or cooler places.
Because of the spike in cases, Estacion said there is a need to revisit quarantine restrictions, and agreed to the reimposition of stricter measures to stem the spread of the virus.*PNA