Over half of Covid-19 cases in Caraga locally transmitted: DOH-13

Over half of Covid-19 cases in Caraga locally transmitted: DOH-13

BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Health in Caraga (DOH-13) said that more than half of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the region, including this city, are classified as local transmissions.

In a presser Wednesday (Oct. 7), DOH-13 said it recorded a total of 840 local transmissions in the region or 51 percent of the 1,633 confirmed Covid-19 infections in the area.

The count is also based on the latest recorded infections in the area as of Tuesday (Oct. 6), in which 31 new cases were added in the regional tally.

Aside from local transmissions, DOH-13 said that a total of 303 locally stranded individuals (LSIs) are infected with the virus in the area, or 19 percent of the total number of cases, while returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) counts for 63 cases or four percent.

“Increase in infections among healthcare workers is also recorded in the region with 246 cases as of Tuesday or 15 percent and 70 cases for front-liners or four percent,” the agency said.

On Tuesday, DOH-13 Regional Director Jose R. Llacuna, Jr. said they are closely watching some areas in the region for the possibility of local transmissions of the virus.

Though he did not mention the specific areas, Llacuna said the move aims to prevent the spread of infections in these areas the soonest possible time.

Butuan City, as of Tuesday, has the highest local transmission cases with 599 or 70 percent of the 854 total confirmed cases.

Infections among healthcare workers here are recorded at 150 cases or 18 percent while front-liners are 37 or four percent.

A total of 41 LSIs were also infected with Covid-19 here comprising five percent of the total cases, and ROF at 18 or two percent.

With the 31 new cases announced Wednesday, Caraga Region now has a total of 1,633 confirmed Covid-19 cases with 1,072 recoveries, 495 active cases, and 66 recorded deaths. (PNA)

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