BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
There are now 73 medical frontliners assigned in the different hospitals and molecular laboratories managed by the provincial government of Negros Occidental, that tested positive for COVID-19, Provincial Inter Agency Task Force Rayfrando Diaz disclosed yesterday.
The worst hit was the Ignacio L. Arroyo Memorial District Hospital in Isabela, Negros Occidental, where 17 of its medical and utility workers have been infected by the virus, Diaz said.
He, however, added that there is no shortage of medical personnel yet.
Based on their study, Diaz said that the virus infection came from homes and are being transmitted by the medical health workers in their respective work places.
The local transmission of the virus also slowed down the coming out of COVID-19 test results at the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital molecular laboratory in Silay City, as a number of its medical technicians and encoders were placed under isolation because of their infection.
Diaz, however, said he expects them to report to work two weeks after their isolation.
In the meantime, some of COVID-19 samples were forwarded to the Valladolid District Laboratory molecular laboratory to process the results, disclosed earlier by Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson.
With more COVID-19 patients filling up the quarantine facilities in Cadiz City,. EB Magalona and Silay City, Diaz said they are hiring more nurses to augment the work force in those isolation centers.
Negros Occidental remains under Alert Level 4 due to high percentage in health care utilization rates and increasing number of COVID-19, which reported to have been more than 4,000 cases, as of September 29.
Diaz reported that the occupancy rate of Cadiz District Hospital is now 95 percent, with four remaining available beds for virus-infected persons, 89 percent occupancy rate at the Valladolid District Hospital with seven beds available, and 54 percent occupancy rate at the Valeriano Gatuslao Memorial District Hospital in Himamaylan City, with 23 beds still available.
The 70-bed capacity annex building of Cadiz District Hospital for additional COVID-19 patients may soon be fully operational, he added.
On the other hand, the Provincial Health Office announced yesterday that it will resume its vaccination activities at the Negrense Residences in Bacolod City on October 4, between 8 to 10 a.m.*