THE Department of Health (DOH) in Central Visayas reopened the Bayanihan Cebu Sacred Heart School (SHS) Field Center located at the old Sacred Heart School campus on General Maxilom Avenue in Cebu City earlier this month.
Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, DOH-Central Visayas spokesperson, said this is in anticipation of any increase in Covid-19 cases in the region.
She said the region's current healthcare capacity is still enough to handle the surge in Covid-19 cases.
As of Friday, January 8, 2021, the region's critical care utilization rate is only at 13.1 percent as only 117 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospitals. A total of 778 beds are still available, she said in a text message sent to SunStar Cebu.
"More of asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic so no need hospital admission," she said.
Operations at the Bayanihan Cebu SHS Field Center, which has a total of 48 beds, had been temporarily suspended since October 1, 2020.
The DOH-Central Visayas and its partners decided to taper down its operations because there were no more Covid-19 patients admitted to the facility and had been on stand by since then.
Loreche earlier said the region is currently experiencing an increase of 100 percent in Covid-19 cases, which the department attributed to the people's movements during Simbag Gabi 2020 and the past holidays such as the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
As of Saturday, January 9, the region's remaining active coronavirus cases went up to 1,124 from only 622 on December 30, 2020.
For January 9 alone, the region logged a total of 118 additional cases.
The majority or 54 cases were recorded in Cebu City, which is currently holding the novena masses for the 456th Fiesta Señor.
Negros Oriental had the highest number of remaining active cases at 499, followed by Cebu City at 331; Cebu Province at 147; Mandaue City at 63; Lapu Lapu City at 58, Bohol at 22, and Siquijor at four.
The DOH-Central Visayas reminded the public to remain vigilant and observe prescribed health protocols amid the pandemic.