The total number of recoveries from the coronavirus disease 2019 in Negros Oriental since the start of the pandemic last year has reached more than 70 percent of the total positive infections in the province.
A report from the Provincial Health Office yesterday showed that, as of May 27, the total caseload of the province is 4,078, broken down as 2,938 recoveries, 1,049 active cases, and 91 mortalities.
In a virtual presser, Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion, who is also the Covid-19 incident commander of the province’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, said that while cases continue to surge in the province, it is also worthy to note the increase in the number of recoveries reported each day.
She reiterated the need for local government units to further undertake measures that would ensure the security and safety of their constituents as cases in Negros Oriental are still expected to rise in the coming weeks.
Dumaguete City topped the list of areas with the highest number of active cases at 232, PHO records show.
Meanwhile, comprehensive testing for all first-generation contacts of Covid-19 positive patients will start on Monday, Estacion said.
These individuals have been identified through contact tracing and will be swabbed, regardless of being symptomatic or asymptomatic.
The city has two teams while the Provincial Health Office also has two to conduct the comprehensive testing with each given a quota of 125 swabs per day or a total of 500 swabs daily, Estacion said.
She appealed to the first-generation contacts to cooperate and submit to the comprehensive swab testing.
They will be placed in a holding facility and once the results are out, those that are negative of the virus will be released while the positives will be brought to isolation facilities, Estacion said.
The Department of Health reported 3,017 new recoveries from Covid-19, bringing the country’s total to 1,134,818, or 93.9 percent of all infections.
In its daily Covid-19 bulletin, the DOH also reported 8,748 new infections, with the country’s active cases now at 53,770 or 4.4 percent of a total of 1,209,154 cases since the start of the pandemic.
Of the active cases, 93.2 percent are exhibiting mild symptoms, followed by the asymptomatic at 2.2 percent, those with severe symptoms at 1.8 percent, those in critical condition at 1.4 percent, and those with moderate symptoms at 1.30 percent.
It reported 187 new deaths, bringing the country’s total casualties against Covid-19 at 20,566 or 1.70 percent of all infections.
Based on data gathered on Wednesday, 49,162 tests for Covid-19 were administered with 12.8 percent returning positive for the disease.
Health care facilities in the National Capital Region continue to have ample room, with its 700 beds in intensive care units at 57 percent occupancy, 3,800 isolation beds at 41 percent occupancy, 2,200 ward beds at 30 percent occupancy, and 800 ventilators at 38 percent utilization.
For the rest of the country, there are 1,900 ICU beds at 59 percent occupancy, 13,600 isolation beds at 46 percent occupancy, 6,000 ward beds at 48 percent occupancy, and 2,000 ventilators at 37 percent utilization.*PNA