Covid-19 hits 28 more E. Visayas residents

Covid-19 hits 28 more E. Visayas residents

TACLOBAN CITY – Eastern Visayas has 28 new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases, bringing its total to 496, the Department of Health (DOH) reported late Friday.

In a press statement, DOH 8 (Eastern Visayas) Director Minerva Molon said these are part of the 360 swab results from the region’s two Covid-19 testing laboratories here, 307 from the state-run Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center, and 53 from the privately managed Divine World Hospital.

Of the new cases, 17 are from Samar – eight in Catbalogan City, six in Calbayog City, two in San Jorge town, and one in Paranas.

Six more residents in Southern Leyte have been infected, five in Sogod town, and one in Libagon.

Leyte has five new cases, one each in the cities of Tacloban and Ormoc, and from the towns of Leyte, Dagami, and Palo.

“Our epidemiology and surveillance unit in the region is now working with the concerned local government units (LGU) for the contact tracing. We are also gathering more information and reports about the new cases from these LGUs, if who among them are returnees or close contacts of a positive patient,” she added.

The DOH said the patients are currently confined in their respective local isolation facilities but will be transferred to a higher health care facility if further management is needed.

“We are taking steps to end this crisis in our region. Local officials can do mitigation approaches like community restrictions and isolation of people with symptoms, especially those who have exposure to positive cases,” Molon said.

Confirmed cases in Eastern Visayas have significantly increased since the start of June due to the testing of returning residents, including overseas Filipino workers (OFW) and locally stranded individuals (LSI).

To date, the region has 496 coronavirus cases, including 132 recoveries and three deaths, according to the DOH monitoring report.

The region’s three deaths from Covid-19 complications reported on June 25 were an 80-year-old woman from Tarangnan, Samar, a 65-year-old man from Biliran, Biliran, and a 47-year-old man from Kananga, Leyte.— Source: Gerico Sabalza / (PNA)

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