BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
Fifty-six staff members of the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital had tested positive for Covid-19 as of June 26, affecting the workforce of the government-run hospital.
An advisory issued by the CLMMRH over the weekend, said 33 other hospital workers have gone on sick leave or home isolation due to high-risk Covid-19 exposure.
Despite being temporarily undermanned, the management of the hospital assured that they will continue to admit Covid patients.
In fact, hospital bed utilization rate for Covid non-intensive care unit was at 83.3 percent, as of Friday, it added.
However, the intensive care utilization rate of CLMMRH for Covid patients had been 100 percent, or at maximum capacity, in the last seven days.
As of last week, there were 47 Covid patients admitted, seven of them on mechanical ventilation support while others are on the admission waiting list.
The positivity rate has dwindled, with two in every 10 patients examined, or 22 percent, yielding positive results for Covid-19.
Those who have queries on hospital admission and proper coordination of patient transfer may contact the hospital hotlines 0917-1007093 or 701-7865.
Meanwhile, Emergency Operations Center deputy for medical and data analysis, Dr. Chris Sorongon, said in a radio interview that they are now intensifying their Covid information campaign in the community.
This is aimed at encouraging more people to have themselves inoculated against the virus, Sorongon said, adding that more vaccines are coming to Bacolod, especially because the city was included by the national government in the top 10 priority areas for its vaccination rollout.
A total of 58,339 doses of Covid vaccines were administered to Bacolod City residents from March 5 to June 24.
NEW VAX SITE
Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran oversaw the vaccination procedures at the newly-opened vaccination center for priority groups at Robinsons Place Bacolod Saturday.
Leonardia, who chairs both the Emergency Operations Center-Task Force and the Covid-19 Vaccination Council, and Familiaran, chair of the city Inter-Agency Task Force, were accompanied by EOC deputy for medical, Dr. Anna Maria Laarni Pornan, a press release from the city said.
The vaccination at Robinsons Place accommodated the remaining frontline healthcare workers, senior citizens, and adults with comorbidities, the press release added.*