Cebu City's Covid rate reaches 56.62 percent

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CEBU City’s daily positivity rate has reached 56.62 percent, the highest since the coronarivus disease (Covid-19) pandemic started in March 2020.

The city logged 902 new Covid-19 cases out of the 1,593 individuals tested on Friday, January 21, 2022.

Data from the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) showed that Cebu City now has 5,940 active cases in 77 barangays.

The barangays with the most number of cases from January 12 to 21 are Guadalupe (589), Lahug (394), Apas (298), Tisa (285), Labangon (248), Camputhaw (246), Capitol Site (241), Talamban (234), Mabolo (226), and Sambag 2 (190).

But as for the total positivity rate, the city was already at 9.88 percent out of the 487,035 individuals tested since 2020.

“At the current highest positivity rate of 56.62 percent, we must work together to slow the rise so as not to paralyze the operation of our vital institutions or establishments such as hospitals, banks, supermarkets etc.,” said EOC deputy chief implementer Councilor Joel Garganera in Cebuano.

Garganera also said the city logged six new Covid deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 19 this month.

Of the six deaths recorded on Friday, four were elderly and five were unvaccinated against Covid-19.

He said three of the elderly were unvaccinated while the other has yet to be determined.

Medical workers

Garganera revealed that about 316 medical frontliners in Metro Cebu have been infected with Covid-19 in the last 14 days.

However, Garganera said the medical frontliners were either asymptomatic or only experienced mild symptoms since all of them were vaccinated.

Garganera they are currently under isolation and this circumstance will affect the operations in vital institutions, particularly hospitals.

He reiterated the call to follow minimum health protocols.

“We have to be very careful. We have to wear our face mask correctly and always clean our hands, avoid social gatherings, and be vaccinated,” said Garganera.

He urged the public to help mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 so that operations among the vital institutions or establishments will not be affected.

Garganera said the fight against Covid-19 cannot be done by government alone, citing that the rise in cases is a shared responsibility.

“This can’t be done just by the government, the EOC, the Philippine National Police or the barangay alone. This is a shared responsibility. We all have a stake in the rise or fall of the Covid cases. Let’s work together, nothing is impossible. We can do this. Let’s follow AAA, Amping Apilan and Ampo (safety coupled with prayer),” he said.

The Department of Health (DOH) earlier announced it has shortened the isolation period of healthcare workers to only five days instead of 10 to 14 days.

But Mary Jean Loreche, DOH 7 chief pathologist, said some local government units (LGUs) did not follow the updated guidelines for the isolation of healthcare workers.

Loreche said the isolation could be extended from five to seven days should the healthcare workers be symptomatic and have commorbidities.

Loreche said she will bring up the concern during her meetings with the LGUs so that healthcare workers on isolation can be released based on the updated guidelines.

Loreche said by doing so, not only can they go back to work but they can also free up and utilize the Covid beds for admitted patients.

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