Nearly 1,000 active Covid cases in CV; 6 deaths logged in a week

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CENTRAL Visayas has recorded close to 1,000 active cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) as of Sunday, July 17, 2022, with six deaths in just a week.

Based on the Covid-19 tracker of the Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH 7), the region has 923 active cases after it logged 58 new cases on Sunday.

Cebu City had the highest number of active cases among the three highly urbanized cities (HUCs) and four provinces in the region with 503 after it reported 29 new cases.

Cebu Province had 150 active Covid-19 cases with nine new cases, followed by Mandaue City with 78 active cases and three new cases and Bohol with 74 active cases and nine new cases.

Negros Oriental and Lapu-Lapu City also logged 66 active Covid-19 cases with five new cases and 51 active cases with three new cases, respectively.

Siquijor had only one active Covid-19 case as of July 17.

National scene

The news comes as the DOH reported Monday, July 18, that it had recorded 14,640 fresh Covid-19 cases in the country over the past week, a 44 percent increase in new cases compared to those logged in the previous week.

This translated to 2,091 daily average cases from July 11 to 17 from 1,467 from July 4 to July 10.

The agency said one Covid-related death, which occurred in October 2021, was verified over the past week.

As of July 17, the DOH said 589 individuals or 8.7 percent of the total Covid-19 admissions were severe or critical.

Of the 2,630 intensive care units (ICU) beds in the country, 481 or 18.3 percent were occupied, while 23.8 percent or 5,189 of the 21,809 non-ICU beds were being used.

Hospital utilization is the primary concern of the government in the management of the Covid-19 pandemic. Once it reaches more than 50 percent utilization, mobility restrictions are expected to be put in place to prevent hospitals from getting overwhelmed.

The DOH also said 71,322,848 individuals or 91.32 percent of the government’s target population are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This includes 267,096 senior citizens who are among the vulnerable population.

Individuals who had booster doses are at 15,592,533.

Earlier, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. urged the public to get Covid-19 booster doses to strengthen their immunity against the virus.

A week in CV

According to a DOH 7 report, there were 570 new Covid-19 cases and six Covid deaths in Central Visayas from July 10 to 16 alone.

The daily average of new cases for the week was 81.

About 51 Covid-19 admitted patients in the hospitals were reportedly in critical condition on July 16.

It further said that 10 percent of the 113 ICU beds intended for Covid-19 patients were occupied as well as 32.52 percent of the 1,360 non-ICU Covid-19 beds on the same day.

With this, the Department urged the public to continue to observe the minimum health protocols, such as the wearing of best-fitted face masks and staying in well-ventilated areas whether they are in areas placed under Alert Level 1 or Alert Level 2 status.

It also urged people to immediately isolate themselves should they manifest Covid-19 symptoms to prevent further transmission.

There were no changes in the Covid-19 alert levels last July 16 pending a review by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases of the alert level system being implemented in the country amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Malacañang had said Saturday that Marcos Jr. would discuss the Covid-19 Alert Level System with DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire on Monday, July 18.

As of July 1 to 15, areas in Central Visayas under Alert Level 1 status included Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, as well as the municipalities of Alcoy, Borbon, Oslob, Pilar, Santander and Tudela in Cebu; and Siquijor Province.

The rest of Cebu Province was under the more restrictive Alert Level 2.

Vaccination

Meanwhile, Central Visayas had fully vaccinated or given two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine or the single-dose Janssen vaccine to 4,758,302 individuals or 71.99 percent of its target population as of July 15.

The region also vaccinated 4,979,580 individuals for the first dose or single dose vaccine, which is about 75.77 percent of the region’s target population of 6,572,248.

Mandaue City recorded the highest rate of fully vaccinated individuals at 103.44 percent or 342,233 individuals of the 330,860 target population.

It was followed by Lapu-Lapu City with 101.37 percent or 377,431 fully vaccinated individuals of the 372,333 target population.

Siquijor fully vaccinated 92.47 percent or 76,048 of its 82,244 target population while Cebu City vaccinated 91.19 percent or 767,558 of its 841,724 target population to vaccinate.

The province of Bohol fully vaccinated 802,981 individuals, or 71.99 percent of its target population, while the province of Cebu fully vaccinated 1,725,547 individuals or 64.35 percent of its target population.

The Province of Cebu excludes the three HUCs of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu.

Bohol has a target population of 1,115,350 while Cebu Province has 2,681,313, the biggest target population to vaccinate among the provinces and HUCs in the region.

Negros Oriental had the lowest rate of fully vaccinated individuals at 58.04 percent or 666,504 of the 1,148,424 target population.

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