Western Visayas has 33 new COVID-19 patients, five of whom are from Negros Occidental and one from Bacolod City, while contact tracing is ongoing for those who came in contact with eight Iloilo doctors who also tested positive for the virus, the Department of Health announced yesterday.
This brings the COVID-19 positive cases in Negros Occidental to 83 and 46 in Bacolod City, for a total of 129.
The DOH said 80 of the COVID-19 cases in Negros Occidental and 35 in Bacolod City are Negrense overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and locally stranded individuals (LSIs) who recently returned to the province from Manila and Cebu.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City is small compared to Cebu but for us it is already very alarming, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said.
Lacson reiterated that he expects Negros Occidental to continue under Modified General Community Quarantine in July amid the unrelenting COVID-19 threat.
Former Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, Negros Occidental provincial consultant, said “for the past two weeks, we have seen a surge of positive patients but our system is working. All the positive cases were imported, there has been no community transmission.”
Before returning Negrenses are released to the community, they are tested for COVID-19, he pointed out.
That is why the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital laboratory in Silay City has been crucial to reopening and repatriation, Benitez added.
The DOH said the latest Bacolod COVID-19 positive patient is a 34-year-old male OFW who is facility quarantined.
The five new COVID-19 cases in Negros Occidental are also facility quarantined and asymptomatic.
They are a 33-year-old female LSI from Sagay City who arrived from Manila, a 28-year-old male from Murcia, a 23-year-old male from Binalbagan and a 32-year-old male from Hinobaan who are all LSIs who arrived from Cebu; and a 26-year-old female OFW from Valladolid town.
Health Regional Director Marlyn Convocar said eight doctors of the St. Paul’s Hospital in Iloilo City also tested positive for COVID-19 and contact tracing of those who came in contact with them was underway.*
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