EOC hopes ‘downward’ trend of new Covid cases continues

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THE number of new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in Cebu City has been fluctuating since Aug. 1, 2021.

On Aug. 10, 2021, 356 new cases were logged by the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Five days later, the number was down to 328, but on Aug. 18, it jumped to 414.

The number, though, has been going down since Sunday, Aug. 21, when the City logged 241 new cases and 203 new cases the following day.

According to the EOC’s records, Cebu City has 3,406 active cases, as of Aug. 23, much lower than the figure posted by the Department of Health 7 case bulletin, which is 4,664.

City Councilor Joel Garganera, EOC deputy chief implementer, considered the trend as an improvement, but he said anything can happen.

“It’s too early to tell. I hope that the trend will continue in that direction,” Garganera said.

As of Aug 22, the critical care utilization rate in 13 of 15 hospitals in the city (four public and 11 private) is above the safe level of 60 percent, with six hospitals recording a critical level of 85 percent.

From of Aug. 14 to Aug. 23, Barangay Guadalupe recorded the highest number of Covid-19 cases with 328, followed by Tisa with 170, Lahug and Talamban with 147 cases, Punta Princesa with 110 cases, Capitol Site with 95 cases, Camputhaw with 93 cases, Labangon with 92 cases and Mabolo with 90 cases.

Garganera said the Cebu City Vaccination Center has been hitting, and sometimes passing, the daily target of individuals getting vaccinated. The problem lies with the lack of vaccines, he said.

He also said there are still many residents who continue to be vaccine hesitant. There are also those who register to be vaccinated but have a change of heart when the vaccine available is not the vaccine of their choice, he added.

Garganera advised constituents to avail themselves of the vaccine regardless of the brand. He said the vaccine reduces the risk of contracting the disease and it prevents an individual from getting seriously ill if he or she does get infected.

“We should not be choosy since all vaccines will serve their purpose. There are some who want to be injected with a Western brand because they are afraid they’ll be refused entry in some countries. These people don’t even have passports, let alone visas to these countries. So if you’re registered to be vaccinated and your schedule is up, drop everything and go to the vaccination site. That’s not an order. It’s your responsibility to your family and your loved ones,” Garganera said in a mix of Cebuano and English.

Earlier, Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, Visayas Vaccination Operation Center spokesperson, said that 85 percent of Covid-19 deaths in Cebu City were unvaccinated.

As of Aug 23, a total of 171,317 individuals in the city have received the first dose, while 116,722 are fully vaccinated. (MVE)

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