Cebu City Government to close last 2 Barangay Isolation Centers

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THE two remaining Barangay Isolation Centers (BICs) in Cebu City, one in the north district and one in the south district, will be closed once their asymptomatic Covid-19 patients will complete their 14-day quarantine.

As of Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, 13 persons who tested positive for the coronavirus were still staying in the quarantine facilities.

City Councilor Joel Garganera, deputy chief implementer of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), said all asymptomatic Covid-19 patients will now be housed at the New Normal Oasis for Adaptation and a Home (Noah) Complex located at the South Road Properties.

The schools that are still used as BICs are in Barangays Zapatera (north) and Mambaling (south). The breakdown of the number of patients in each BIC was unavailable, as of press time.

It was agreed that all asymptomatic Covid-19 patients would be referred to and housed at the Noah complex after Garganera met with Noah manager Jocelyn Pesquera and City Councilor Donaldo Hontiveros.

From the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic in Cebu City, the City Government converted 52 public elementary schools into BICs with a bed capacity of almost 3,000.

When the number of Covid-19 cases started to drop in August, the City returned some of the schools to the Department of Education.

The City further reduced the number of BICs to four -- two in the north district and two in the south district.

In October, the number of BICs was cut down to two.

On Saturday, Nov. 7, 49 Covid-19 patients were staying at the Noah complex, while eight others were staying at the IC3 Bayanihan Center in Barangay Mabolo.

Meanwhile, of the 344 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) currently detained at the 11 police stations in the city who underwent a Covid-19 test, only one tested positive.

Garganera refused to disclose where the PDL, who is considered an active case, will be quarantine for safety and security purposes.

Cebu City, as of Saturday, had a total of 10,295 Covid-19 cases.

The city has a positivity rate of 11.42 percent out of 90,076 individuals tested.

Of the total cases, 9,500 have already recovered, which constitutes a recovery rate of 92.27 percent.

The city, as of Saturday, had 114 active cases. The number of deaths attributed to Covid-19 had reached 680, or a case fatality rate of 6.60 percent.

The case doubling time of the city, which is 16.61 days, is also much slower than the national average, which is 13.29 days. The mortality doubling time stands at 24.12 days, which is slower compared to the national average, which is 18.82 days.

Of the city’s 80 barangays, 43 reported no Covid-19 transmission for the past 14 days. (JJL)