BY CARLA P. GOMEZ
There are 37 new COVID-19 positive cases in Negros Occidental, and three in Bacolod City, including four frontliners, the Department of Health reported yesterday.
The Negros Occidental and Bacolod cases are among 77 new cases in Western Visayas yesterday.
In Negros Occidental, 10 of the new cases involve local residents, the DOH report showed.
The local cases include a nurse and a utility worker at the EB Magalona Healing Center, a member of the Disaster Risk Reduction Team of Silay City, a seven-year-old male Sagay resident who is the son of a frontliner, five Manapla residents infected by a relative, who is a locally stranded individual (LSI), and a resident of Sipalay City.
On Tuesday, a 24-year-old medical technician, who is a member of the Negros Occidental Provincial Health Office team that gathers swab specimens for RT-PCR testing, also tested positive for COVID-19.
The 27 other new COVID-19 cases from Negros Occidental are LSIs and overseas Filipino workers who had just returned to the province, of which Bago City has 6, Calatrava – 5, Cadiz City – 3, two each in Sipalay City, Silay City, and Hinigaran, and one each in Pontevedra, Escalante, Himamaylan City, Talisay City, Isabela, Manapla, and Sagay City.
Negros Occidental now has 245 COVID-19 cases and Bacolod City has 67.
A 30-year-old male COVID-19 positive patient listed among the three new cases of Bacolod City is a Negros Occidental OFW quarantine facility frontliner, Charina Magallanes-Tan, Negros Occidental COVID-19 Incident Command Center spokesperson, said.
The two other new Bacolod cases are a 44-year-old male LSI and a 44-year-old male OFW.
The DOH also reported that among the COVID-19 positive patients who have recovered, Bacolod City has 6, Bago City – 2, Valladolid – 1, and Silay City – 1.*