The province of Negros Oriental reported 31 additional recoveries from the coronavirus disease 2019 along with 20 new cases over the weekend.
Assistant Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Liland Estacion, incident commander of the province’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), said in a press briefing Sunday afternoon that they received 561 swab test results this past weekend from two testing centers in Cebu City, including the 31 recoveries.
Of the results, 534 are negative and 27 are positive, of which 20 are new confirmed infections and seven are repeat swab tests, Estacion said.
The new positive cases are from Sibulan, composed of two locally-stranded individuals, Tanjay City – a call center agent working in Dumaguete, Guihulngan City – two local government unit employees and one person deprived of liberty;
Bayawan City – four local government employees and the fifth, a daughter of patient NegOr COV 470, Basay – a medical technician/front-liner, Dumaguete City – two sons of patient NegOr COV 448, a girlfriend of NegOr COV 538, a sexagenarian admitted at a private hospital, and the fifth, a close contact of a positive case, La Libertad – a direct contact of NegOr COV 438, and Mabinay – a contact tracer and a barangay nutrition scholar.
The latest recoveries are from Bayawan with 12, Sta. Catalina – 9, Sibulan – 5, La Libertad – 3, and Dumaguete City – 2.
The total number of cases in Negros Oriental, as of Nov. 22, is 545, with 386 recoveries, 14 deaths, and 145 active infections, Estacion said.
Meanwhile, Estacion declined to comment on a report that a Capitol employee tested positive for Covid-19.
She said she has not yet received an official report but pending the test result, she would not comment.
Estacion also said a female town mayor, who is under quarantine, is awaiting the result of her swab test.
The mayor was reported to have been exposed to some national government officials last week, one of whom had tested positive for the virus.
The mayor is asymptomatic and she and her staff are already isolated since their return to the province.*PNA