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TLJPH head notes drop in Covid cases

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The number of Covid-19 cases in Negros Occidental posted a significant drop, from 308 on April 29, to 195 yesterday, a report from the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital molecular laboratory in Silay City, Negros Occidental, showed.

The city of San Carlos remains on top of the list with 37 new cases, the report added.

Dr. Mary Ann Maestral, TLJPH officer-in-charge, said there is no let-up in the conduct of testing that is as high as 1,700 per day, and of contact tracing.

“We tested 10 persons for every positive patient,” Maestral, who supervised the vaccination of Negros Occidental officials, led by Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, at the TLJPH in Silay City, said.

SPIKE IN APRIL

Covid-19 active cases went to as high as 317 cases per day to as low as 53, after a spike was noted in the second week of April, the TLJPH laboratory test results showed.

There were 4,039 from Negros Occidental who tested positive for Covid in the whole month of April. Local government units that logged cases in triple digits included San Carlos City with 372, Himamaylan and La Carlota – 309 each, Kabankalan City – 245, Bago City – 219, Cadiz City – 171, Murcia – 164, Cauayan – 158, Silay City – 153, Binalbagan – 146, Pontevedra – 133, Ilog – 115, and Toboso – 112. Maestral echoed the appeal of Lacson for Negrenses to remain vigilant and to strictly observe the mandated health protocols.*

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