THE Department of Health-Central Visayas (DOH 7) has temporarily suspended the acceptance of swab samples at the Cebu TB Reference Laboratory (TBRL) Molecular Facility for Covid-19 testing from July 21 to 23, 2020.
DOH 7 Director Jaime Bernadas, M.D., in an advisory, said this is to give way to the full decontamination of the facility as part of its stringent laboratory protocol and regular activities.
All swab samples from all city health offices, rural health units and swabbing centers will be properly coordinated with the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (Resu) for proper handling and receiving, Bernadas said.
Swab samples will be rerouted to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center subnational laboratory (VSMMC SNL).
Full normal operations will resume at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 24.
The VSMMC SNL will handle specimens from VSMMC’s admitted patients, public and private hospitals, healthcare workers of government hospitals, VSMMC’s own healthcare workers and specimens from the Cebu TBRL from July 21 to 23.
As of July 15, the VSMMC had a daily testing capacity of at least 525 while the TBRL had a capacity of around 830.
In a separate development, a total of 7,052 active Covid-19 cases have been recorded in Central Visayas as of 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21.
Of the active cases, only 2,573 patients were admitted in hospitals while 4,479 were advised to recuperate in isolation centers.
A total of 6,473 Covid-19 patients in the region have recovered while 684 have died.
DOH spokesperson on Covid-19 updates Mary Jean Loreche, M.D. said though the rate of recovery is high, the public should not be complacent in following health protocol.
Cebu City has 3,304 active cases, 4,583 total recoveries and 415 total deaths. Mandaue City has 1,017 active cases, 483 total recoveries and 55 deaths. Lapu-Lapu City has 993 active cases, 474 recoveries and 63 deaths. Cebu Province has 1,680 active cases, 843 recoveries and 146 deaths.
Negros Oriental has 34 active cases, 46 recoveries and two deaths. Bohol has 24 active cases, 44 recoveries and three deaths. Siquijor has zero cases. (WBS)