Cebu City Covid-19 cases near 5K mark

THREE days before the scheduled end of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) status of Cebu City on June 30, 2020, the City Health Department (CHD) recorded 130 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on Saturday, June 27.

The CHD also recorded 70 new recoveries and 14 fatalities on June 27. Cebu City has a total of 4,831 Covid-19 positive patients with 2,439 recoveries and 150 mortalities. Active cases in Cebu City are 2,242.

The 130 new Covid-19 positive patients were from Barangays Adlaon (one); Apas (one), Basak San Nicolas (six), Luz (two), Buhisan (three), Calamba (three), Camputhaw (seven), Capitol Site (seven), Cogon Pardo (one), Cogon Ramos (three), Duljo Fatima (three), Guadalupe (eight), Hipodromo (six), Inayawan (one), Kalunasan (four), Kasambagan (one), Kinasang-an (one), Labangon (six), Lahug (19), Lorega (two), Mabolo (eight), Mambaling (five), Pardo (three), Pahina Central (one), Pit-os (one), Punta Princesa (six), Quiot (one), Sambag 1 (four), Sambag 2 (three), San Antonio (one), Sta. Cruz (one), Talamban (one), Tejero (two), Tisa (six), Sto. Niño (one) and Carreta (one).

Cebu City reverted to the stricter ECQ status when it saw a spike in Covid-19 cases when it was still on general community quarantine (GCQ) status from June 1 to June 15. During the GCQ, minimal public movement and transportation was allowed. The city’s ECQ status started again last June 16.

Department of Health 7 Director Jaime Bernadas attributed the surge in cases in the first two weeks of June to backlogs of specimen testing in Cebu’s two labs in May.

The 14 fatalities from Barangays Luz, Buhisan, Bulacao, Day-as, Duljo Fatima, Guadalupe, Inayawan, Kasambagan, Lorega, Pahina Central, Sambag 2 and Sawang Calero (one death each); and Labangon (two) died on different days in June.

The recoveries are from Barangays Basak San Nicolas (four), Luz (one), Bulacao (two), Calamba (three), Capitol Site (one), Camputhaw (two), Carreta (one), Cogon Pardo (10), Duljo Fatima (one), Guadalupe (one), Inayawan (three), Kinasang-an (one), Lahug (one), Mabolo (two), Pahina Central (one), Quiot (nine), Sambag 1 (two), Sambag 2 (16), San Nicolas Proper (one), Sawang Calero (one), Suba (one), Talamban (one), Tinago (four) and Tisa (one).

The CHD extracted one from the total tally of confirmed Covid-19 cases after it was found out that a person’s name was recorded twice.

“Upon verification from the contact tracing team, one person used two different names on two swab tests, which resulted in a double entry,” read the CHD statement.

At the national level, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on June 27, Saturday, 738 new cases of Covid-19, increasing the country’s total to 34,803.

The DOH also reported that 249 additional patients have recovered from Covid-19, bringing the total recoveries to 9,430.

Twelve more deaths raised the death toll to 1,236.

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, in a press briefing on Friday, June 26, said actual recoveries and deaths may be higher than than the ones recorded.

Shimura’s contacts

In Daanbantayan, Cebu, three direct contacts of Daanbantayan Mayor Sun Shimura tested positive for Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.

Based on a memorandum issued by the Cebu Provincial Government, only the first generation contacts of an identified positive case will have to undergo the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test.

This means that only the patient’s immediate family members or officemates who have direct contact with the patient can be tested for the virus.

Five of Shimura’s direct contacts underwent the testing.

Three, who are all residents of Barangay Poblacion, Daanbantayan, were found to have contracted the disease.

The three include a 63-year-old woman who has manifested mild symptoms of the disease, and two males aged 52 and 34 who are both asymptomatic. The two are now being isolated in the town’s isolation facility.

Meanwhile, a separate contact tracing initiative is also being implemented by the Municipal Health Unit and the Daanbantayan Police Station on the first generation contacts of these patients.

They are currently under strict monitoring through mandatory home quarantine.

Shimura was the third Covid-19 case recorded in the town after he tested positive on June 21. The town now has a total of six cases.

Bogo City

An entire family in Bogo City tested positive for Covid-19, the City Government of Bogo said on its Facebook page on June 27.

Five new Covid-19 cases were recorded, bringing the total number of cases in the northern Cebu city to 15.

A family of four that hails from Barangay Sto. Niño tested positive for the new coronavirus. The family members had been isolated before they were swabbed.

The fifth case is a 57-year-old female residing in Barangay Taytayan. She initially had influenza-like illness.

Catmon

The Municipality of Catmon logged two new Covid-19 cases on June 27.

Catmon Task Force on Covid-19, in a Facebook post, reported the first case is one of the police personnel of the Police Regional Office-Central Visayas based in Cebu City. He is a resident of Bagalnga Flores in Catmon but has not been in the town for a long time.

The second patient is a member of the Philippine Coast Guard-Central Visayas assigned in Mandaue City and a resident of Atabay, Macaas.

Upon contact tracing, it was confirmed that the second patient had not been in the town since June 11.

Both patients are now under quarantine in Cebu City and Mandaue City isolation centers, respectively.

Carcar City

On June 27, Carcar City reported three new cases of Covid-19. The city also had one new recovery.

These are the barangays in the city with Covid-19 cases: Bolinawan (one), Can-asujan (one), Guadalupe (one), Poblacion 1 (five), Poblacion 2 (one), Poblacion 3 (one), Tuyom (two) and Valladolid (seven).

Carcar City has a total of 19 confirmed cases with 15 active cases, three deaths and one recovery.

Ginatilan

The Municipality of Ginatilan reported one additional case of Covid-19 on June 27.

The latest patient, the third recorded Covid-19 patient in the town, is a dialysis patient. He had been receiving treatment from Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City twice a week.

After he arrived in the hospital last June 24 to receive treatment, he had difficulty breathing and he was immediately admitted. He also took a swab test on the same day.

The municipal health officer said the results arrived earlier Saturday.

Suspected cases

Meanwhile, two employees of the Cebu Provincial Government who were suspected to have contracted Covid-19 died.

Dr. Christina Gianggo, head of the Provincial Health Office, confirmed this on June 27.

One of the workers was a 58-year-old female residing in Cebu City. She was a regular employee who was subjected to Covid-19 testing after manifesting the disease’s symptoms.

She, reportedly, tested positive in the rapid test but tested negative in the confirmatory test.

The second mortality is a 53-year-old male who was also from Cebu City.

He worked for the Capitol for almost 30 years. He reportedly sought consultation last June 15 after showing symptoms. Right then, he was swabbed.

His test yielded positive results. He was first brought to the Cebu City Quarantine Center before he was transferred to the Cebu City Medical Center. Gianggo said he was hypertensive.

As of now, tracing of their contacts has already been initiated. The Capitol already has a total of 12 positive Covid-19 cases. Two of them, have recovered while two have died. (JJL, MVI, RDR, CLC & ANV / WBS)