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12 new Delta variant cases in Bacolod

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has recorded 12 new cases of delta variant of COVID-19 in Bacolod City.

Dr. Chris Sorongon, EOC deputy for medical data and analysis, yesterday said three of the patients come from Barangay Villamonte, three from Vista Alegre, two each from Taculing and Mandalagan, and one each from Granada and Mansilingan.

Sorongon said that of the 12 patients, six are senior citizens, four are young adults, and two are minors – one is 7-year-old from Taculing and a one-year-old female from Vista Alegre. All are local cases having no travel history.

They are now under quarantine in their homes. He is just waiting for the result of their repeat swab test, he said.

“We are still experiencing a surge so l advice that we need to get vaccinated since most of those who have been infected are unvaccinated, Sorongon said.

He also reminded the public to enforce health protocols like the wearing of face mask and face shield, and the washing of hands, as well as to avoid parties and other super spreader events like mass gatherings.

Sorongon cited for example the ongoing Comelec voters’ registration where minimum health protocols should be enforced. He advised would-be registrants to apply early and not wait for the last minute.

“We should also observe ordinances and executive orders that imposes liquor ban and curfew. And most importantly, we should seek early consult, early diagnosis and early treatment,” he said.

Sorongon also advised against storing medical grade oxygen at home if this is not needed.

Oxygen is only for individuals who are prescribed by their doctors needing oxygen therapy.  This should be done inside the hospital unless the doctor prescribes that the patient can have oxygen at home, he said.

He is discouraging the public from storing oxygen at home because it is a fire hazard especially if there is someone smoking. It can even intoxicate their home especially if they do not know how to use it, Sorongon said.

Meanwhile, are a total of 209,382 Bacolodnons were vaccinated as of Saturday, of which 148,464 are fully vaccinated.*

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