BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
“We did not appeal for it,” executive director Em Ang said yesterday when asked if Bacolod City will upgrade its present quarantine status.
Currently, Bacolod and Negros Occidental are under the Modified General Community Quarantine since both are classified as moderate risk areas in terms of Covid-19 infections, unlike Iloilo City that is considered as high risk, Ang said.
She explained that there is no need to upgrade the quarantine status of Bacolod as they are trying to manage the Covid 19 situation in the city without disrupting its economic activities and the livelihood of people.
Ang added that it is already difficult to upgrade the city’s quarantine status since the national government has no more funds to aid the people who will be affected, adding that Bacolod could not support the residents financially as well, since the city has realigned its budget for the purchase of Covid vaccines.
EOC records show that Covid infections in Bacolod have continued to show a downward trend while the utilization rates of hospital beds intended for those infected by the virus is at 60 percent.
Although there are still enough beds remaining for Covid-19 patients, there are patients from outside the city who are also admitted in hospitals in Bacolod, Ang said.
She also said that quarantine facilities in Bacolod are nearing full capacity, and that is why the city government opened additional ones to cater to more Covid patients, but the problem is that there is not enough manpower.
ALMOST 33,000 INOCULATED
Meanwhile, 32,905 residents of Bacolod had been inoculated with China-made Sinovac and British-Swedish AstraZenca vaccines since the start of the vaccination rollout, EOC records show. Ang said that Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, and Inter-Agency Task Force Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., in a meeting with mayors and governors of Western Visayas, assured them that additional doses of vaccine will be allotted to the region for the rising Covid cases.*