THE recovery rate from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in Cebu City was 87.05 percent, as of Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, according to the Cebu City Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
Based on the data released by the Department of Health 7 that day, Cebu City had 8,408 recoveries, leaving 598 active Covid-19 cases.
The city has logged a total of 9,659 confirmed Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic more than five months ago. It had 653 deaths.
On Wednesday, the city reported six new cases.
City Councilor Joel Garganera, deputy chief implementer of the EOC, said this is the lowest number of Covid-19 cases that the city has logged since May.
Garganera said the six new positive cases came from the 373 individuals who were tested when the city was still under general community quarantine (GCQ).
No test results have been released since the city’s quarantine status was downgraded to the more relaxed modified GCQ, he said.
He said contact tracing teams have traced individuals for containment measures and testing.
Also, City Attorney Rey Gealon, the mayor’s spokesman, said the occupancy rate of Covid-19 wards in hospitals is only 21.7 percent.
Gealon said 830 hospitals beds that are dedicated for Covid-19 patients are currently vacant.
In a previous interview, Garganera said the EOC only had four barangay isolation centers (BICs) left, offering 300 beds. During the height of the health crisis, around 3,000 beds were available.
Meanwhile, authorized persons outside of residence (Apor) from Metro Manila will have to undergo a real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test before they arrive in Cebu City if they’re staying for a short period.
However, if they’re long-term Apor, or those who will be staying for more than two weeks, then they are mandated to take a swab test at the cluster clinic here. They must also undergo a 14-day quarantine.
“Before boarding, ‘short-term’ Apor must have the result of their swab test taken three days prior to their departure,” Garganera said in a mix of Cebuano and English.
Garganera said there is a need to implement strict measures to ensure there is no resurgence of Covid-19 cases in the city.
Cebu City has received around 3,000 LSIs since August, but only one-third of them are city residents.
Garganera said five locally-stranded individuals (LSIs) have tested positive for the virus.
He said the EOC and the City Health Department are monitoring 967 LSIs who are on a 14-day quarantine. He did not say how many are off it.
The EOC has also been coordinating with regional offices of government agencies after two workers at a certain regional office in the city tested positive for the virus.
Regional government agencies, though, are not under the EOC.
But Garganera said the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force approved his proposal to assign health infection and prevention control officers (Hipcos) in these offices. That way, the EOC can easily monitor the Covid-19 situation in these offices, he said.
Business establishments are already required to have their own Hipco in case an employee tests positive for Covid-19. (JJL)