BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
With more COVID-19 infected health workers assigned at the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City, Negros Occidental, having recovered from infection, the medical facility is ready to resume full operation, disclosed Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diazyesterday.
Diaz reported that only 38 health workers are now under isolation, from almost 100 in previous weeks.
He said that Dr. Mary Ann Maestral, TLJPH chief, will announce any time when the hospital will resume full operation.
Based on records of the Department of Health-Western Visayas, Negros Occidental has an additional 296 cases, and 80 new cases for Bacolod City as of yesterday.
But Diaz said they are continuing their testing at TLJPH molecular laboratory, with samples numbering between 300 to 400 a day taken from all over the province.
He also reported that one of the 62 Negros Occidental inbound travelerswho availed of free swabbing either at the Bacolod-Silay airport or a port in Bacolod, turned out to be reactive to antigen testing recently.
As to the vaccination of 5 to 11 years old, Diaz said they are targeting to commence by February 14, with Pfizer vaccines to be used in the inoculation.
He also said that they may entertain walk-in for minor vaccinees at the inoculation centers.
Diaz also assured local government units that the provincial government is ready to provide them logistical support, including vaccinators.*