Covid-19 cases in Negros Oriental appeared to plateau, for now, assistant provincial health officer, Dr. Liland Estacion, said in a virtual press briefing yesterday afternoon.
Estacion, the health committee chair of the province’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, said that records show the total active cases in the province in recent weeks continued to remain within the range of 200.
Negros Oriental will still be under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) for the month of February despite the surge of Covid cases since November, she said, adding that she believed there is no need to revert to GCQ.
Estacion was reacting to a question on whether there is a need for the province to revert to GCQ like Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province as well as Baguio City that will be placed under the more stringent community restriction from Feb. 1-28 due to a sudden spike in cases.
“As per our meeting this morning, the province will remain (under) MGCQ since we already have seen…a plateau, there is no more spike in the cases and the number is just somewhere around 200 and a little above that,” she said.
“The IATF has passed a resolution that those in the working bracket, which appears to be the most affected by the Covid-19, should observe the work-to-home and home-to-work schedule,” she said.
Meanwhile, Estacion said they received Thursday 220 swab test results, broken down into 190 negatives, including 19 recoveries, 15 new infections, and another 15 repeat-swab positive cases.
The new active infections were from Dumaguete – 6, Valencia – 3, San Jose and Sta. Catalina – 2 each, and Bacong and Dauin – 1 each.
The recoveries were from Bacong – 13, Dauin – 2, and Basay, Dumaguete, Siaton, and Valencia – 1 each.
One new death was also reported yesterday, a 56-year-old-female from Barangay Bagacay, Dumaguete City, who died while under isolation at home and was confirmed Covid positive before her death, Estacion added.
Estacion said the total caseload for Negros Oriental is currently pegged at 1,374 with 1,132 recoveries, 202 active infections, and 40 mortalities.
The Department of Health also reported 177 new recoveries nationwide, bringing its total, so far, to 475,765, or 91.2 percent of all Covid-19 cases.
In its daily Covid-19 bulletin, the DOH also reported 1,849 new infections, with active cases now sitting at 35,048, or 6.7 percent of all cases.
The DOH said 23,026 tests were administered yesterday, with 6.2 percent, or 1,428 showing positive for Covid-19. Meanwhile, many healthcare facilities remain available with the country’s 1,900 beds at intensive care units 58-percent available, 13,500 isolation beds at 65 percent availability, 6,000 ward beds at 74 percent availability, and 78 percent of 2,000 ventilators still available for use.*PNA