EOC: Fewer people test positive for Covid-19

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CEBU City logged a positivity rate of 3.74 percent for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on Friday, April 30, 2021, the lowest positivity rate recorded in 2021 yet.

City Councilor Joel Garganera, deputy chief implementer of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), said only 56 of the 1,497 individuals who took a Covid-19 test came out positive.

Garganera said the current positivity rate is relatively “low” and is within the five-percent threshold set by the World Health Organization.

For the month of April, 9.37 percent of the 249,178 individuals who were tested for Covid-19 came out positive, or 1,724.

The number of Covid cases in April was lower than the number of cases recorded in March (4,136 cases) and February (4,767).

As of April 30, Cebu City had 600 active Covid-19 cases with 29 deaths.

The EOC reported 64 deaths in March and 51 deaths in February.

Of the mortalities last month, 65 percent were 60 years old and above, Garganera said.

As of Thursday, April 29, only 25.1 percent of Covid-19 beds in 15 hospitals in the city were occupied.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) 7 said the critical care utilization rate (CCUR) of private hospitals in the entire Cebu was even lower at 19.2 percent, as of Wednesday, April 28.

Health authorities have said that a CCUR (or the number of regular and intensive care unit beds intended for Covid-19 patients) below 60 percent is considered safe.

Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, DOH 7 spokesperson, said only 166 of the 865 allocated beds for Covid-19 patients were currently in use.

Loreche said they’ve gone a long way on this “amazing journey,” considering the high CCUR recorded in the same period last year.

She had said the CCUR of private hospitals in Cebu hovered around 20 percent for two weeks before April 24.

On April 24, the CCUR was 21.3 percent.

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As of April 30, Central Visayas logged 4,334 active cases, 49,962 recoveries and 1,934 deaths. (JJL, WBS)