BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
More Negros Occidental provincial government frontliners have been hit by COVID-19, including Provincial Health Officer Dr. Ernell Tumimbang.
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday that the infection of some medical technologists and encoders assigned at the molecular laboratory of Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City led to the slowdown in coming out of COVID-19 test results.
Some of the samples taken at TLJPH, according to Lacson, were sent to the Valladolid District Hospital molecular lab for examination.
Seventeen nurses and utility personnel assigned at the Ignacio Arroyo Sr. Memorial District Hospital in Isabela, who were also hit by COVID-19, are now being quarantined at the Mambukal Mountain Resort in Murcia.
Three other workers assigned at the Negros Occidental Scholarship Program office, who previously tested positive for COVID-19, are also back at the Mambukal isolation facility after being hit again by the virus.
Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Jessica Fama said that the vaccination at the Negros Residences in Bacolod City on September 29 and 30 will no longer be pushed, with a new schedule to be announced later.
“Although not confirmed, it is really the Delta variant that is hitting us right now,” Lacson said, noting COVID-19 cases are now in triple digit numbers.
He anticipates the increase of active COVID-19 cases in Negros Occidental, excluding Bacolod City, to hit 4,000, anytime now.
Lacson also said that they will continue the conduct of contact tracing and treatment of those infected by the virus, stressing that when vaccine is available, it should be administered as soon as possible, especially to the senior citizens.
At the same time, Lacson said he will be using the savings of the Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Care Program (NOCHP) to increase the production capacity of medical oxygen being produced by the TLJPH in Silay City.*