AS THE region's remaining active coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases hit the 2,500-mark, the Department of Health (DOH)-Central Visayas encouraged Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms to consider temporary treatment monitoring facility admission instead of hospital admission.
Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, DOH-Central Visayas spokesperson, said in a virtual press conference on Monday, January 25, 2021, that this is to "give way" the hospital beds to critically and severely ill patients who will be really needing them.
Of the 896 total beds (794 regular Covid beds and 102 intensive care unit beds) allocated for Covid-19 by private hospitals in the region, 197 beds are already occupied (179 are admitted in regular Covid wards and 18 are in ICU) as of Sunday, January 24.
"We pray that kining mga na-admit sa hospital are not really the moderate to severe, but I would like to say and surmise that included niani ang atong mga mild cases," Loreche said.
Aside from hospitals, local government units in partnership with private sector have also established the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) Bayanihan Field Center in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City to cater to mildly symptomatic patients.
As of January 25, a total of 77 out of 130 (59 percent) beds are occupied.
As of Monday night, DOH-Central Visayas reported that the region's total remaining active Covid-19 cases is at 2,594, after a total of 103 additional confirmed cases (out of the total tests done by eight out of 13 molecular laboratories in the region) have been logged on the same day.
Regionwide, Cebu City currently has the highest number of active cases at 955.
Negros Oriental is next with a total of 723 remaining active cases, followed by Cebu Province with 537, Mandaue City with 235, Lapu-Lapu City with 119, Bohol with 22, and Siquijor with only three remaining active cases.
Loreche said this is “slightly worrisome” as the region's critical care utilization rate (CCUR) is hitting 23 percent. Although, this is still far from the warning signal of 30 percent, she said, they really still have to closely monitor it.
CCUR is the number of ICU, isolation beds, and ventilators in use in different health and medical facilities for Covid-19 patients.
"It will tell us man gud kung how our patients are in the coming days. We should be able to disaggregate already," she said. (WBS)