Covid-19 cases in W. Visayas rise to 66

Covid-19 cases in W. Visayas rise to 66
THREE MORE. The Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) in Region 6 (Western Visayas) said three additional coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases were added to the region on Wednesday (April 29, 2020). Western Visayas now has 66 Covid-19 cases. (Photo by DOH-CHD 6)

ILOILO CITY – Cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in Western Visayas reached 66 on Wednesday as three new positives were reported by the Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) in Region 6 (Western Visayas).

The new cases involve a 43-year-old female and a 49-year-old male, both from Caluya, Antique; and 48-year-old male from this city’s Arevalo district, Dr. May Ann Soliva-Sta. Lucia, cluster head of the DOH-CHD 6’s health promotion, said in a virtual presser.

Citing the report from the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU), she said the Covid-19-positive cases in Caluya, Antique observe home quarantine while the new case in Iloilo City is at a facility quarantine.

The cases are based on the 186 total laboratory results released by the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) sub-national laboratory for Tuesday and Wednesday, she said.

Recovered patients in Western Visayas remain at 24 while Covid-19 deaths are still at nine.

Iloilo province remains with the most number of Covid-19 cases with 20; followed by Antique with 13, and Bacolod City and Iloilo City with nine each. The province of Aklan has a total of six Covid-19 cases, Capiz with five, and Negros Occidental with four.

Meanwhile, the regional health department reported that 1,979 contacts were identified, of which 1,896 were already traced.

Sta. Lucia said the region has already tested 37 percent of the Covid-19 traced contacts.

“For the regional profile, as of April 28, 2020, 25 (of the tested contacts) are positive, 401 are negative, 272 are pending– (to a) 698 total,” she said.

The DOH-CHD 6 also prepares for any resurgence in the number of Covid-19 cases as the latest resolution of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases states that only Iloilo province will remain under enhanced community quarantine starting May 1 while other areas in Panay will be observing general community quarantine.

Sta. Lucia said the regional office has issuances, policies, and guidelines that are being updated from time to time.

DOH-CHD 6 also has personal protective equipment, medicines, and disinfectants.

“On the part of the LGU, we have the temporary treatment monitoring facilities prepared. These are intended to prevent the surge capacities in the hospitals. These are intended to decongest our hospitals,” she said. — By Gail Momblan / (PNA)

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